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2014-04-04 13:22

SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT? Michael Schumacher’s condition could be improving as his manager reports the injured former F1 driver experiences moments of “consciousness and awakening”. Image: AFP

GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," reports Sabine Kehm, the retired Formula 1 veteran’s manager.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma  for more than three months since suffering serious head injuries during a skiing fall in France in December 2013.


Kehm said: "Michael is making progress. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening.

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."

She added that Schumacher's family "do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness”.


In March 2014 Wheels24 reported that a medical expert believed the former F1 driver had lost a quarter of his body weight  since he was injured.

On March 27 F1's former chief doctor Gary Hartstei alleged that "serious lapses"  in early treatment may have worsened Schumacher's condition.

Schumacher fell while skiing in France on December 29 and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

His condition stabilised after he was placed in a drug-induced coma. In late January 2014, doctors at a hospital in the French city of Grenoble began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up.

He earned acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which took him to a record 91 race wins. He retired from Formula 1 in 2012 after winning an unmatched seven world titles.

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