Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is showing “moments of consciousness and awakening,” more than two months after doctors began trying to wake him from a coma following a skiing accident, his family’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a statement.
Schumacher crashed into a rock while skiing in Meribel in the French Alps, suffering contusions to the brain as well as hemorrhaging. A month after the Dec. 29 accident, doctors at a hospital in Grenoble began trying to wake him from an induced coma, his family said.
“He shows moments of consciousness and awakening,” Kehm said in the statement. “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.”
Schumacher, 45, crashed while skiing a few meters to the side of a marked slope.
According to investigators, one of his skis hit a rock which caused him to lose his balance and crash head-first into a rock further down the slope. He was not descending at an excessive speed, investigators said.
Schumacher won Formula One titles with the Benetton team in 1994 and 1995, and took five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. He left the series after 2012 following a three-season comeback with the Mercedes team.
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