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Schumacher’s ‘moments of awakening’ offer hope

There was hope on Friday that Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher was showing signs of progress in his recovery after a freak skiing accident with his spokeswoman saying the former driver has "moments of consciousness".

Schumacher's 'moments of awakening' offer hope
Michael Schumacher showing progess after his spokeswoman says he has "moments of consciousness and awakening". Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP

Michael Schumacher has "moments of consciousness and awakening", his spokeswoman said on Friday, in a sign of progress months after the Formula One legend suffered a devastating ski accident in France.

"Michael is making progress…. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," Sabine Kehm said in a statement.

Doctors put Schumacher in a medically induced coma after the December 29th 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.

He remains in hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble and little has filtered out about his condition, though his family said on January 30th that drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.

"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," Kehm said.

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FORMULA ONE

Manager blasts French Schumacher story

On the one-year anniversary of Formula One racing great Michael Schumacher's skiing accident in France, his manager is warning that reports on Schumacher's health in a French newspaper are false.

Manager blasts French Schumacher story
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher skiing. Photo: DPA
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, told Bild that there was no way the information in Le Parisien was credible. 
 
Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff told the French daily on Sunday that the German seven-time racing champion was "communicating with this eyes" and that while he's recognizing his family again, he still has "big problems with his memory." 
 
He added that physically, Schumacher was working on sitting up on his own. 
 
Streiff cited his friendship with Schumacher's doctor, Gérard Saillant as the source of this information. He also said he had contact with Corinna Schumacher, Michael's wife of nearly 20 years.
 
"The statements of Philippe Streiff can only make me wonder. He definitely does not have contact with Professor Saillant and definitely not with Corinna." 
 
Streiff also called Schumacher "my friend", saying that he worked with the Schumachers in 2010 when they founded the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris (ICM), where he also works.
 
Furthermore, Streiff lives in Grenoble, where Schumacher was first hospitalised after a freak skiing accident put him into a six-month-long coma. 
 
"I was there," Streiff told Le Parisien. 
 
Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm. Photo: DPA
 
This only provoked further ire for Schumacher's spokesperson. 
 
"There is absolutely no contact with the Schumacher family. There has never been a friendship between Mr Streiff and Michael," Kehm said. 
 
It's been one year since the German Formula One ace suffered severe head injuries while skiing with this family in the French Alps.
 
After being in a coma for half a year, Schumacher is "making progress appropriate to the severity of his situation, but it will be a difficult and long process," Kehm said in November in an interview with broadcaster RTL. 
 
Schumi, as he is known in Germany, has been recovering in his home in Gland, Switzerland.
 
His family say they were "confident and hoping for the best" for his recovery. 
 
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