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Motorsport | Formula 1

Schumacher fans during a tribute to the seven-time world champion © Action Images

Schumacher remains in waking-up phase



Michael Schumacher's condition remains unchanged as he continues the process of waking up, his manager said on Friday.

"Michael is still in the wake up phase. The situation has not changed," manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement. Almost 70 days after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the French resort of Meribel on December 29, Schumacher has still not woken up from an artificial coma.

The doctors treating Schumacher, 45, at Grenoble university hospital started to reduce his anesthetic at the end of January to begin the waking up process.

"We are aware that the wake up phase can take a long time," Kehm said in the middle of February.

Schumacher's accident occurred when he tripped on a stone when skiing just off a recognised course and struck his head on another stone over 10 metres away. Immediately after the accident the seven-time Formula One world champion was moved to hospital in Grenoble and was operated on twice. He has been in an artificial coma since.

An investigation by the prosecutor's office in France ruled there was no evidence of outside influence in the accident.

Schumacher's condition brings frequent media speculation and Friday's latest statement from Kehm was in response to a Gazzetta dello Sport report, which claimed Schumacher could breathe without assistance.

"Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid," stated Kehm.

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