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Schumacher's Wife Asks Media For Privacy
Michael Schumacher's wife has issued a direct statement to the media, asking reporters to stay away from the hospital where her husband is being treated.
In the statement, Corinna Schumacher asked journalists to leave medical staff alone so they could do their job.
"Please support our shared fight with Michael. It is important to me that you take the pressure off the doctors and the hospital so they can do their work," she said.
She also asked that her family be left alone during this time.
"Please have faith in their (hospital staff) statements and leave the hospital. Please also leave our family in peace," she added.
Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps in the lead up to New Year's Day when he fell and struck his head on a rock.
The fall left him in a critical condition and he has been in a medically induced coma since December 29.
Since the accident, media have swarmed around Schumacher's hospital in the French city of Grenoble for updates on his condition.
Following the frenzy, medical staff have refrained from giving further detail on the 45-year-old's progress, in order to protect his privacy.
On Monday, a source close to Schumacher said he had made a "slight improvement" but remained in a stable but critical condition.
There was initially speculation that Schumacher was travelling up to 100kph (60mph) when he crashed, after it was revealed his helmet had split on impact.
But subsequent reports suggest he was travelling at a "leisurely pace" of up to 20kph (12mph).
A camera reportedly attached to Schumacher's helmet is being examined in the hope it will reveal more about the circumstances of his accident.
Schumacher, known affectionately as 'Schumi' by fans, is the most successful F1 driver in history, racking up a record 91 race wins. He retired for a second time in 2012.