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Full recovery for Schumacher 'extremely unlikely'

A leading neurosurgeon has warned that it is "extremely unlikely" that Michael Schumacher will make a full recovery, even though he has now woken up from a coma.

Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Oxford said the driver was likely to be "better than he was" but because he had been in a coma so long "a full recovery is extremely unlikely".

"The fact he was in a coma for so long ... we can assume that he has had quite a bad injury. People don't tend to make a full recovery from that sort of injury," Professor Aziz added.

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Schumacher family 'sure good wishes helped him'

The family of Michael Schumacher said he has left Grenoble hospital and is no longer in a coma, and will now begin his long journey of rehabilitation.

Read: Michael Schumacher out of a coma and out of hospital

In a statement, the family thanked his doctors and medical team, and the many members of the public who wished him well. They said they were "sure" the good wishes helped him.

Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.

For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.

Family 'confident' over progress made by Schumacher

In a statement, Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm has said she and the seven-time Formula One world champion's family were remaining confident over his progress.

Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. 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.

We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that 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 full calmness.

– Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm

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Michael Schumacher 'making progress' says agent

Michael Schumacher is "making progress" and "showing moments of consciousness and awakening," his agent has said.

Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. Credit: Reuters

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last December, remains in an artificially induced coma.

Hamilton: Schumacher's accident 'happens for a reason'

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has commented on Michael Schumacher's skiing accident, saying that "all things happens for a reason."

Lewis Hamilton has said of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident that 'all things happens for a reason' Credit: PA

Welcoming the news that Schumacher was showing small signs of improvement following his skiing accident in December, seven-time F1 champion Hamilton told the The Daily Telegraph that he feels the "experience will really show his character and depth".

"He's a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual," he said.

"So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he's had."

Michael Schumacher 'will win this fight,' says family

Michael Schumacher's family say they believe the seven-time world champion will "win this fight" following a skiing accident last year.

A vigil on the racing driver's 45th birthday in January outside the French hospital where he is receiving treatment. Credit: Reuters

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last December, remains in an artificially induced coma.

His agent Sabine Kehm said on behalf of the family: "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...

"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."

Michael Schumacher showing 'small, encouraging signs'

The spokeswoman for Michael Schumacher has said there sometimes are "small, encouraging signs" from the Formula One champion.

But Sabine Kehm added the family knows it is also time to be "very patient".

Michael Schumacher has been in a coma following a skiing accident in December last year. Credit: PA Wire

In a statement, she said: "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"

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