Manager reveals Michael Schumacher shows signs of 'consciousness and awakening'

Sabine Kehm releases most encouraging news yet on F1 legend; Manager also denies that family are planning to move former Ferrari and Mercedes driver from Grenoble Hospital

By Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 05/04/14 11:45am

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Michael Schumacher is showing signs of 'consciousness and awakening', his manager has revealed.

In the most heartening announcement since the F1 legend was admitted to Grenoble Hospital following his skiing crash three months ago, manager and spokesperson Sabine Kehm has rejected claims the former World Champion has regressed into a permanent comatose state by revealing 'Michael is making progress'.

According to Kehm, Schumacher 'shows moments of consciousness and awakening'.

Schumacher has been kept in an artificial coma since suffering the injury while skiing in the French Alps ski resort of Meribel on December 29 last year. It is not yet known whether his condition has improved sufficiently for the 45-year-old to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator.

The statement continued: '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.

'We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we 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.'

It was announced at the end of January that the 'waking up progress' had begun in Schumacher's treatment, but a lack of updates since has prompted growing fears about his condition.

Schumacher's family have repeatedly asked fans to pay no attention to non-official reports, with Kehm's latest update also clarifying that the family has no intention of moving Michael from Grenoble.

Recent reports had suggested that Michael's wife, Corinna, planned to build a specially-constructed medical unit at the family home beside Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

The official updates on Michael Schumacher's condition

April 4
'Michael is making progress on his way. 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.

'We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we 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.'

March 12
'We are, and remain confident, Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know this is the time to be very patient. 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.

'It was clear from the start this will be a long and hard fight for Michael, and we are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us. It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say the family is extremely grateful for it. However, it should not be forgotten Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation.

'And I would like to remind all of us Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives. We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe this will help him, and we believe he will also win this fight.'

March 7
'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.'

February 13
'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.'

January 30
'The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the world wide sympathy.

'Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated.'

January 17
'Unfortunately I have to repeat that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as pure speculation. I also repeat that Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael's condition is still considered as stable.'

January 6
'The clinical condition of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by medical treatments that are administered to him. However, the medical team in charge emphasises it continues to consider Michael's condition as critical.

'The privacy of the statement demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being. We insist again that you respect medical confidentiality and you adhere to the information provided by the medical team in charge, or his management, as this is the only valid information.'

January 4
'Michael's condition remains critical but stable. We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation. The family cares only for Michael's health.

'Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family.That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.'

December 29
'Mr Schumacher was admitted to the University Hospital of Grenoble at 12:40pm, following a skiing accident which occurred in Meribel in the late morning. He suffered a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical intervention. He remains in a critical situation.'

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