Schumacher making small signs of progress

Last updated 13:01 14/04/2014

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Ex-Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is showing "small signs of progress" but remains in a very serious condition in a French hospital, his spokeswoman has said. 

The German has been in an induced coma since suffering a severe head knock when skiing at the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious," Sabine Kehm told German media overnight (NZT).

"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."

Schumacher , 45, underwent two operations in the immediate aftermath of the accident to remote blood clots which were threatening his survival. He was then placed in the coma.

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