Michael Schumacher blinks during brain tests as he wakes from coma -reports
Michael Schumacher has blinked during brain tests as he is slowly brought out of his month-long coma, according to reports in French newspaper L'Equipe.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm confirmed this morning that the former seven-time Formula One world champion was being gradually brought out of an induced coma for th first time since his skiing accident on December 29.
L'Equipe has reported that the driver eblinked his eyes during tests on his brain.
The newspaper wrote: "After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of head doctor Emmanuel Gay have been testing his neurological reflexes since Monday. During the early stages the patient blinked."
In a statement this morning, Sabine Kehm said: "The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting for their privacy, and the medical secret, to be respected, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work.
"At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the sympathy they have received from around the world."
Wife Corinna, who is maintaining a constant bedside vigil, last week issued a heartfelt thank you to all those who continue to send in messages of support, insisting her husband "is a fighter (who) will not give up".
Close friend Felipe Massa, who suffered his own serious head injury in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, admitted last week he was praying every day for Schumacher.
In this week's first pre-season test in Jerez, the Mercedes car being driven by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is carrying the message on the side of the W05 '£KeepFightingMichael'.
Hamilton said: "It's tragic. We are hoping he is going to pull through and we see him sooner rather than later."
Rosberg added: "We have the message on our car because as a team we want to show we are thinking about him, his family and friends, and hoping for the best every day."