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Schumacher still in 'wake up' phase

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Michael Schumacher's family say they still "strongly believe" in his recovery despite recent news reports suggesting his health had taken a turn for the worst.

A German tabloid this week reported Schumacher had developed a lung infection, while Bild reported the state of his health is currently "unknown", without quoting sources. Schumacher suffered a severe head injury on December 29 when he fell and hit a rock while skiing in the French alps.

The family confirmed Schumacher is "still in a waking up process" at a Grenoble clinic but did not elaborate on his current condition.

Family spokesperson Sabine Kehm said: ""Michael's family would like to again express their sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world. The good wishes they receive help the family and, we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking up process.

"As often in such situation no day is like the next. The family is thankful for one's understanding that they would not wish to disclose medical details in order to protect Michael's privacy. As assured from the beginning we will continue to communicate any decisive new information on Michael's health state. We are aware that the wake up phase can take a long time.

"The family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery and place all their trust in the doctors', nurses' and nursing auxiliaries' team. The important thing is not the speed of the recovery but that Michael's heal process progresses in a continuous and controlled way."

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