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Schumacher showing 'signs of progress'

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Michael Schumacher's family retains "great courage" about his recovery © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher's agent has said he is "showing small signs of progress" as he continues his recovery from brain injuries suffered in a skiing accident.

Sabine Kehm issued a statement on April 4 stating that Schumacher was showing "moments of consciousness and awakening", which had been the first news from his family in over a month. Speaking on German TV station ARB on Sunday evening, Kehm elaborated further and insisted the family have "great courage" from the signs Schumacher is showing.

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Kehm said. "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 also said interaction with Schumacher is "on a very limited basis" and that his brain injury means "a medical prognosis is not possible".

During the interview Kehm also once again reiterated her desire for media to be sensitive in its handling of Schumacher's injury.

"What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these," said Kehm, who has been in Grenoble nearly every day since the accident. "It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don't want to."

Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma after sustaining head injuries in a skiing accident in December. He had previously undergone two operations in the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots.

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