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Michael Schumacher: Shows signs of consciousness and awakening

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Millions of Michael Schumacher fans spanning the globe received the best news yet since his skiing accident with word the seven time world champion is showing signs of consciousness and awakening, according to his manager Sabine Kehm today, Friday, April 4. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since his injury in the French Alps Dec. 29.

Schumacher, 45, struck a snow-covered rock near Meribel, France and was sent airborne for 34 feet before striking his helmet on a larger rock. His helmet was split by the impact and he suffered a brain injury, according to the New York Daily News.

"Micahel is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening," Kehm said in a statement Friday.

She further announced, "We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."

Kehm, 45, also said, "We do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family; and to enable the medical team to work in calmness."

Only yesterday Kehm dispelled a rumor that Michael's wife Corinna was building a medically-epuipped room costing 10 million pounds ($16 million U.S. currency) which had appeared in several newspapers earlier this week.

Earlier, Felipe Massa, former teammate of Schumacher's with Ferrari, said he visited his comatose friend at the University Hospital in Grenoble, France and said the champion moved his lips in response to Massa's conversation. Massa has remained close friends with Schumacher following the German ace's retirement. The Brazilian Massa has switched to the Williams Formula One team this year.

Jean Todt, head of FIA, said recently he was still "expecting big things from Michael."

Todt was the principal for Ferrari when Michael won five consecutive world championships for the Prancing Horses from 2000 through 2004. Michael won is first two champions with Benetton in 1994 and 1995.

Wife Corinna Schumacher, 45, spends every day with her husband in the hopes the sound of her voice will awaken him from his deep sleep.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is this Sunday and this good news will certainly inject a more positive mood into the Formula One world. The organizers at Bahrain have named the first corner after Schumacher recently.

Hopefully NBCSN commentators David Hobbes and Steve Matchett will have a good update on Michael at the race this weekend for his fans in the United States.

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