Schumacher showing moments of consciousness: agent

Fri Apr 4, 2014 3:06pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Seven-times Formula One motor racing world champion Michael Schumacher is making progress and showing signs of waking from an artificial coma after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident, his agent said on Friday.

"Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," Sabine Kehm said in a statement.

Schumacher, 45, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29 last year.

The most successful Formula One champion of all time has been in a stable but critical condition since then in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble.

Doctors started lowering the retired German racing driver's sedation at the end of January to wake him up from an artificial coma.

"We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident," said the brief statement.

Schumacher, who won a record 91 Grand Prix victories, left the sport last year after a disappointing three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006.

The statement was welcomed by drivers taking part in practice for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, a race Schumacher won on its first appearance on the calendar exactly 10 years ago.

The German now has a corner named after him at the Sakhir circuit.   Continued...

Philippe, a fan from Lyon, waves a flag as he attends a silent 45th birthday tribute to seven-times former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher with Ferrari fans in front of the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, French Alps, where Michael Schumacher is hospitalized January 3, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau