Michael Schumacher is ‘showing small signs of progress’ reported by Daily Mail.
Speaking on live television, the driver’s manager Sabine Kehm spoke of the F1 legend’s recovery and how his ‘little bit of progress makes us very happy.’
Miss Kehm told German broadcaster ARD: ‘There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress.
‘There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.
‘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.’
Miss Kehm insisted Schumacher will be brought out of the coma – but did not indicate how long the process would take.
She added that if and when Schumacher is moved to a rehabilitation clinic – to begin the long recovery process of learning to speak and move again – his state of health will become a ‘private matter’ and no more news will be forthcoming.
She said: ‘Michael Schumacher is in a coma and can not decide what is reported about him. We of course know how he deals with such things and try in his interest to handle these matters for him.’
Her words this evening come just hours after International Automobile Federation president Jean Todt said the driver was still ‘fighting’ for his life and his future remains uncertain.
‘I see him very often and he’s still fighting. He’s fighting and we can only hope and pray that it will improve over the future,’ Todt told journalists on the sidelines of World Touring Car Championship race in Marrakech.
‘It has been a tragedy this accident. A tragedy for Michael, a tragedy for his family.
‘Michael is in very good hands with fantastic dedicated doctors in the hospital in Grenoble.
‘Obviously, I’m very close to him, to the family,’ Todt added.
It also has been reported that Schumacher has lost almost half his body weight and has fought back from a potentially life-threatening bout of pneumonia.