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2014-04-14 08:01

CONSCIOUS SCHUMI Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress. Image: AFP

Michael Schumacher is "showing small signs of progress", his spokeswoman said on Sunday (April 13), with the Formula 1 legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries  suffered in a ski accident.


Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD: "There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress."

"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious, which make us happy and give us great courage.

"Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings. I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field."

Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is "on a very limited basis" and added that "a medical prognosis is not possible" due to the nature of his brain injury.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma  in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a ski accident on December 2013  in the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.

Kehm said Schumacher's family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the racing driver, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.

Kehm said: "What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these.

"It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don't want to."


The 45-year-old Schumacher underwent two operations in the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots before being placed into a coma.

The family announced at the end of January 2014 that drugs used to keep him in his deep sleep were being reduced with a view to bring him back to consciousness.

In February 2014, his friend and former Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa was quoted as saying that Schumacher seemed to respond to him  during a visit.

Massa told German tabloid Bild: "He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth." 

In February, Schumacher's family said they were confident that the racing legend who defied death more than once on the track would pull through.
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