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SCHUMI HAS OPENED HIS EYES: AGENT; Formula 1 legend said to be waking and conscious after three months in coma.

Byline: ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

MICHAEL Schumacher has opened his eyes and is aware of his surroundings, it was revealed yesterday.

His manager Sabine Kehm added that after three months in a coma, the Formula 1 legend was "making progress" and had "moments of consciousness and awakening".

Schumacher, 45, suffered a near-fatal head injury in a skiing accident in Meribel, France, on December 29.

Kehm said: "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."

She said no further details would be given out of respect to his family and to "enable the medical team to work in full calmness".

Gary Hartstein, a former F1 doctor, said "awakening" would mean Schumacher has opened his eyes after "what looks just like a sleep-wake cycle".

He added that "moments of consciousness" meant Schumacher had interaction with his environment.

Harstein said: "It consists of episodes of clear, purposeful interaction with the environment, or clear signs of awareness of self."

He said an example of this would be if he smiles when a member of his entourage talks to him, follows people with his eyes or obeys simple commands.

Harstein added: "Any of this constitutes objective signs of contact between the outside and the inside. That is about the best news we could get right now."

But Schumacher will not be moved from hospital in Grenoble, France, any time soon.

When doctors give the go-ahead, he'll be moved to a rehabilitation clinic, said a family friend, who added: "There will be a significant amount of rehab required."

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