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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Schumacher’s family: We still believe in recovery

Michael Schumacher's family said on Thursday they continue to "strongly believe" that the Formula One legend will recover from a life-threatening skiing accident.

Schumacher's family: We still believe in recovery
Michael Schumacher's family strongly believes he will make a recovery. Photo: AFP

Schumacher has been in a coma since the accident on December 29th and a family statement released on Thursday said he was "still in a waking up process" which could take a long time.

The statement came a day after Germany's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, reported that Schumacher had contracted a lung infection, and days after rumours that he had died swept social media.

The statement said: "Michael's family would like to again express their sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world. The good wishes they receive help the family and, we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking up process.

"As often in such situation, no day is like the next. The family is thankful for one's understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael's privacy. As assured from the beginning we will continue to communicate any decisive new information on Michael's health state. We are aware that the wake up phase can take a long time.

"The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors, nurses and nursing auxiliaries team. The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael's healing process progresses in a continuous and controlled way."

Schumacher's spokesman announced on January 30 that the drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness. It was not announced when that process had begun.

Schumacher has been in intensive care in Grenoble University Hospital since being flown there by helicopter following his December 29th accident in the Alpine resort of Meribel.

The German fell and hit his head against a rock after venturing on to a small off-piste section while skiing with his son and a group of friends.

The impact of the collision was sufficiently powerful to split the helmet he was wearing.

Surgeons said he suffered bleeding and bruising on his brain and a scan showed "widespread lesions". After the surgery he was placed in a medically induced coma and his body temperature was cooled to reduce the risk of further damage.

Further surgery was carried out on December 30th to reduce bleeding

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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Schumacher shows ‘encouraging signs’

As he remains hospitalized with major brain injuries, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has shown "small, encouraging signs" according to the statement released on Wednesday by his entourage.

Schumacher shows 'encouraging signs'
Formula One star Michael Schumacher's family released some guardedly good news on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

 Michael Schumacher's family is "confident" the Formula One legend will recover from a life-threatening skiing accident that left him with severe brain injuries, a spokeswoman said
Wednesday.

Doctors put him in a medically induced coma after the December 29 accident in which he hit his head on a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel with his son and a group of friends.

"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient," read the family statement, issued by spokeswoman Sabine Kehm.

Schumacher remains in hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble, and his family said on January 30 that drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.

"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," the statement said.

Schumacher had already survived a motorbike accident in Spain in 2009, during which he suffered head and neck injuries but was released from hospital after just five hours.

And after years of racing in the risky world of Formula One, he retired but kept pursuing other high-thrill hobbies as the holder of a pilot's license, an accomplished motorbike rider, parachutist, skier and mountain climber.

Kehm once again asked that the privacy of Schumacher's wife Corinna and their two children be respected, while thanking well-wishers for their support. 

"I would like to remind all of us that Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives," she said in the statement.

Little has filtered out about Schumacher's current condition, but last month, his friend and former teammate Felipe Massa was quoted as saying that Schumacher seemed to respond to him during a recent visit.

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

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