Michael Schumacher's health is showing "encouraging signs" as doctors continue their battle to awake the former F1 world champion. The seven-time Formula One champion remains in a medically induced coma since a skiing accident on December 29 last year. (Key events since Schumacher's ski accident)
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has been quoted by UK's Daily Mirror, saying: "I can only say again: There are signs that give us encouragement."
Kehm has also rubbished reports that Schumacher's family are preparing his Swiss home to become a 10-million Pound hospital as hope fades for the German F1 driver. Instead there were signs for optimism, she said. (Schumacher's wife building 10 million pound medical suite at home)
It was reported that Schumacher's wife Corinna was preparing their home for long-term care. "The rumours that Corinna remodels her house to bring the supposedly 'hopeless case Michael' home, are absolutely groundless," Kehm said. (Fans must be ready for the worst: doctor)
Should Schumacher make more positive steps the next step, according to reports in Germany, would be to transfer him from the hospital in Grenoble to a rehabilitation clinic. (A miracle needed)
Medical experts, however, are not completely sure of a full recovery. A former F1 chief doctor - Dr Gary Hartstein - even said on record that fans should be prepared for the worst. "The longer one remains in a vegetative state, the less the likelihood of emerging, and the higher the chances of severe ramifications if the patient does in fact emerge," he wrote for UK's The Independent. Schumacher has reportedly lost 25 per cent of his body weight.