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Schumacher Showing 'Signs Of Encouragement'
Michael Schumacher is showing "small signs of encouragement" more than two months after his skiing accident, according to his agent.
But Sabine Kehm said the former F1 star still faces a long fight to recover after suffering brain damage in a skiing accident.
"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up," she said.
"There are sometimes small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient.
"Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.
"It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. We are taking this fight 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.
"We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight."
Schumacher has now spent almost 11 weeks in a coma after a skiing accident at the end of December.
Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain but some were too deeply embedded.
Neurologists not involved in his treatment say full recovery appears increasingly unlikely, given the coma's duration and the extent of his injuries.
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