Schumacher continues to make small progress

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14 April 2014

Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher is showing small signs of progress, following a skiing accident.

Michael Schumacher continues to make small progress but an outlook remains impossible three and a half months after his skiing accident, the manager of the record Formula One champion said Sunday night. "There are short moments of consciousness. He is showing small signs of progress," manager Sabine Kehm said in a talk show of state broadcasters ARD.

'There are short moments of consciousness. He is showing small signs of progress'

However, according to Kehm doctors in the clinic in Grenoble, France, where Schumacher is being treated for severe head injuries sustained in the accident on December 29, are not able to make a prognosis. "We are not getting one from the doctors," she said. "Every case is an individual case."

Schumacher underwent two operations after the accident in Meribel, France, and was placed in an induced coma. Kehm said on January 30 that doctors had started reducing sedation to start a waking-up process, and on April 4 that he was showing "moments of consciousness and awakening."

She said Sunday that "medically there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious," and that interaction with others is "a precondition to continue" the recovery. Kehm did not give further details in order to protect the privacy of Schumacher and his family, saying that privacy was always important to the seven-times world champion.

She also said Schumacher's family was upset about the media quoting doctors not involved in the treatment and not familiar with the case, and revealed that in the early stages of his treatment a man had tried to get near to Schumacher in the hospital by pretending to be his father. But she also said that the huge worldwide support for Schumacher from the Formula One community and fans "means very much to the Schumachers."

- Sapa

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