Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in December, is showing “small encouraging signs,” his agent has said.
In a statement on behalf of the family on Wednesday, his agent and spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, said the family remains confident he will “pull through and wake up” but that there would be a “long and hard fight” ahead.
The seven times world champion is being treated at a hospital in the French city of Grenoble, after slamming his head on a rock while skiing at Meribel in the French Alps.
Schumacher, 45, was left with severe head injuries and in a coma.
Doctors have been lowering his sedation since the end of January to gradually wake him up.
Kehm said: “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.”