Michael Schumacher showing 'moments of consciousness, awakening'

Mark Thompson

The condition of Michael Schumacher is gradually improving, according to a statement released Friday.

Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," his manager said in a statement Friday.

The seven-time Formula One champion has been in a medically induced coma since a skiing accident in the French Alps Dec. 29. Schumacher, 45, was with his 14-year-old son when he fell and struck the right side of his head on a rock, which cracked his helmet.

After being transported to a Grenoble, France hospital, Schumacher underwent an surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. He was placed in artificial coma  to stabilize his condition. In January doctors began trying to wake him from his coma.

"Michael is making progress on his way," said Sabine Kehm in a statement. "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."

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