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Schumacher condition unchanged

Ferrari legend's doctors working to bring him out of coma

07 March, 14:37
Schumacher condition unchanged (ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - The condition of Formula One legend and Ferrari great Michael Schumacher has not changed since he suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December, doctors at a Grenoble hospital said Friday.

They said they were still working to bring the seven-time champion, 45, out of a medically induced coma. "Michael is still in the wake-up phrase," said his manager Sabine Kehm in a statement on Friday. "The situation has not changed." On January 30 doctors started gradually bringing Schumacher out of the coma. His family have repeatedly asked for his privacy and medical confidentially to be respected after false reports he was getting better.

The driver's family made their fiust appeal soon after the accident when one journalist went so far as to disguise himself as a priest in an attempt to get close to the racing icon.

Ferrari have been leading the demonstrations of affection and support as the 45-year-old German continues the biggest battle of his life.

Each day the team are showing a message dedicate to him on their website. They will publish 72 in all to represent each of Schumacher's grand prix wins with them between 1996 and 2006, when he won five of his world titles.

On January 8 investigators gave their first full account of the accident in the French Alps, denying reports he was speeding recklessly or that he was in the process of helping a little girl when he fell and cracked his head on a rock.

Prosecutors spoke after reviewing footage from a camera in a helmet Schumacher was wearing. Doctors said he would have died had he not been wearing the helmet.

Albertville investigators said Schumacher, who also raced for the Jordan, Benetton and Mercedes teams, was skiing at an elevation of 2,700 metres, on a small off-piste area between a red and blue course.

Schumacher's precise speed at the time of the accident has yet to be determined, but investigators stressed velocity is not an important factor in their probe.