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Schumacher "will win this fight"
Michael Schumacher is showing "small, encouraging signs" following his skiing accident and his family remains confident he will "pull through and will wake up".
With the new F1 season just around the corner, and with speculation growing about Schumacher's condition given he has now spent almost 11 weeks in a coma after a skiing accident at the end of December, a new statement has been issued regarding the 45-year-old on behalf of his family.
"We are, and remain confident, Michael will pull through and will wake up," the statement from his agent read.
"There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know this is the time to be very patient.
"Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.
"It was clear from the start this will be a long and hard fight for Michael, and we are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust.
"The length of the process is not the important part for us.
"It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say the family is extremely grateful for it.
"However, it should not be forgotten Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation.
"And I would like to remind all of us Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives.
"We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe this will help him, and we believe he will also win this fight."
Schumacher was placed in an induced coma after undergoing two operations to remove blood clots from his brain in the wake of his skiing accident on December 29.
Schumacher remains in a waking-up process at the University of Grenoble hospital in France.
Given the longevity of his situation, however, that has led to an increasing number of reports he will never awaken, or if he does, he will be severely limited with regard to his functions and capabilities.