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Schumacher has 'moments of consciousness', agent says

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Michael Schumacher now has "moments of consciousness and awakening", his spokeswoman said Friday, a hopeful sign of progress more than three months after the Formula One legend had a devastating ski accident in France.

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

Doctors put Schumacher, 45, in a medically induced coma after a December 29 ski 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 hospitalised in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.

Schumacher's family said on January 30 that the drugs used to keep him in a coma were being gradually reduced to bring him slowly 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.

Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. He won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

He left the sport last year after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

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