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2014-03-12 11:28

MARK JOHN

STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Michael Schumacher remains in critical condition following a skiing accident in France in December 2013. Image: AP

GRENOBLE, France - There are "small signs of encouragement" in Michael Schumacher's condition in hospital here, according to his agent Sabine Kehm said.

Kehm said that he still faced a long fight to recover from severe injuries sustained in a fall while skiing among large rocks in December 2013.

This contradicts reports on Tuesday (March 12) from experts who said that "only a miracle" can save him.

‘SUCH A BANAL SITUATION’

Kehm said: "We remain confident that Michael will pull through and wake up. There are sometimes small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient."

Schumacher slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29 2013.

He is in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble, where doctors started reducing the depth of his sedation at the end of January 2014 to revive him from a medically induced coma.

Kehm said: "Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.”

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