Michael Schumacher's family have made the first positive statement regarding the condition of the Formula One racing legend since a tragic skiing accident late last year that required doctors to put him in a coma in order to treat blood clots in his brain.
"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up,” Schumacher's family said in the statement. “There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient."
After the accident at a French ski resort on December 29, Schumacher was rushed to nearby Grenoble University Hospital Center where he was put in an induced coma and had surgery performed to treat haemorrhaging in his brain. Doctors started the waking process in late January, a process that they say can take a long time and is ongoing at present.
The statement from Schumacher’s family is reproduced in its entirety below:
"We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that 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 that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael. 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 that the family is extremely grateful for it. However, it should not be forgotten that Michael's family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation. And I would like to remind all of us that 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 that this will help him. And we believe that he will also win this fight."