Michael Schumacher showing 'moments of consciousness' according to agent

In a story that seemed to be continually going from bad to worse, there is the first sign of good news. Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," according to an official statement released by his agent, Sabine Kehm. The statement reads:

"Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we remain confident.

"We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

Schumacher hit his head in a skiing accident in France at the end of December and was put in a medically induced coma to heal shortly after. His doctors began stopping the drugs that maintained the coma at the end of January, but the process has been a long one. There were reports that Schumacher wasn't responding to stimuli and had briefly contracted pneumonia. A recent story suggested that he might leave the hospital to recover at home in a dedicated medical suite.

Official statements like this have been relatively rare from Kehm and the Schumacher family, and they have been treated as the most trustworthy source about his condition. While the former Formula One World Champion isn't out of the woods yet, this is by far the best news we've heard since his accident.

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