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Schumacher shows 'signs of progress': spokeswoman

BERLIN -- Michael Schumacher is “showing small signs of progress,” his spokeswoman said Sunday, with the Formula One legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries suffered in a ski accident.

“There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD.

“There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious, which make us happy and give us great courage.

“Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.

“I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field.”

Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is “on a very limited basis” and added that “a medical prognosis is not possible” due to the nature of his brain injury.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a ski accident on Dec. 29 in the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.

Kehm said Schumacher's family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the racing driver, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.

The 45-year-old Schumacher underwent two operations in the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots before being placed into a coma.

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