Schu­macher show­ing signs of im­prove­ment

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Seven-time cham­pion re­mains in hospi­tal in Greno­ble, but man­ager Sabine Kehm re­ports he is “mak­ing progress”

Michael Schu­macher has shown the rst signs of real progress in his bat­tle to re­cover from head in­juries sus­tained in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in De­cem­ber. His man­ager Sabine Kehm says he is show­ing “mo­ments of con­scious­ness” af­ter spend­ing more than three months in a coma.

Kehm said the 45-year-old was “mak­ing progress” and that his fam­ily “re­main condent Michael will pull through and wake up”.

She added: “It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard ght for Michael. We are tak­ing this ght 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 that the fam­ily is ex­tremely grate­ful for it.

“How­ever, it should not be for­got­ten that Michael’s fam­ily is deal­ing with an ex­tremely in­ti­mate and frag­ile sit­u­a­tion. And I would like to re­mind all of us that Michael has al­ways ac­tively kept his fam­ily out of the pub­lic eye and con­se­quently pro­tected their pri­vate lives.”

For­mer F1 doc­tor Gary Hart­stein said the news meant Schu­macher’s “life ex­pectancy has now im­proved very signicantly” and “opened up a very real chance of fur­ther im­prove­ment”.

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