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  • 14 February 2014, 2:37

Schumacher Family Believe He Will Recover

Michael Schumacher's family "strongly believe" he will recover from a skiing accident that left him in a medically-induced coma.

The Formula One legend has been in a French hospital with severe brain injuries since he slammed his head against a rock in the accident on December 29.

"The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors', nurses' and nursing auxiliaries' team," a statement released by Schumacher's management said.

"The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael's heal process progresses in a continuous and controlled way.

"The family is thankful for one's understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael's privacy."

The official update comes after media reports in Germany claimed the seven-time world champion had developed pneumonia. His manager Sabine Kehm had refused to comment on the story.

Schumacher has undergone two operations since the accident and remained in a critical but stable condition until late January.

Doctors then began to lower the 45-year-old's sedation level to wake him up progressively.

The Schumacher family also expressed their "sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world".

"The good wishes they receive help the family and, we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking up process," the statement said.

The accident, in French Alps resort of Meribel, shocked his fans and devastated his wife Corinna and two teenage children.

The German dominated F1 before retiring in 2012, winning more titles than any other driver and enjoying 91 Grand Prix victories between 1994 and 2004.

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