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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Schumacher still in ‘wake up phase’ from coma

In the first official statement from his entourage in weeks, Michael Schumacher's spokeswoman said on Friday the racing legend is still fighting his way out of a medically-induced coma.

Schumacher still in 'wake up phase' from coma
It was status quo on Friday for racing star Michael Schumacher's recovery from a major head injury. Photo: AFP

Schumacher remains in a "wake-up phase" from the coma he was placed in following a life-threatening skiing accident nearly ten weeks ago, spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said.

Kehm's statement was the first since February 13, when the Formula One legend's family said they continued to strongly believe that he would recover.

Kehm said: "Michael is still in the wake up phase. The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid."

Schumacher's condition has been the subject of much speculation by media around the world but few details have been released by the medical team looking after him in the University clinic in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.

Reports that he had contracted pneumonia but beaten the lung infection in the first half of February have not been confirmed or denied.

Two weeks ago, 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.

"I was very happy to be able to spend some time with him," said Massa. "I spoke with him a lot, about how the team was doing, about the new car."

"I tried to give him the best possible energy," he said. "He is a very strong person and I really hope that he will again be able to enjoy life."

Schumacher was put into an induced coma after a December 29 accident in which he hit his head on a rock while skiing at the resort of Meribel in the French Alps with his son and a group of friends.

Before being placed in the coma, he had surgery to reduce bleeding and bruising. His family 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.

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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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