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‘Small, encouraging signs’ in Michael Schumacher’s condition

German race car driver Michael Shumacher in 2004.
German race car driver Michael Shumacher in 2004. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito/Files

Michael Shumacher’s family is confident the former Formula One champion will recover from a life-threatening skiing accident, his agent said Wednesday. 

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"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," said a statement released by spokeswoman Sabine Kehm on behalf of his family.

Doctors put Shumacher in a medically induced coma after he sustained severe brain injuries in a skiing accident in late December at the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.

Shumacher remains hospitalised in the French Alpine city of Grenoble after undergoing two operations to remove blood clots from his brain.

The family has released few details about his condition, but said on January 30 that drugs used to keep in a coma were slowly being reduced with the ultimate goal of bringing him back to consciousness.

Some reports have indicated that the former German motorracing legend could be severely limited given the longevity of the coma.

“We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him," read the stamement. "And we believe that he will also win this fight.”

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