Corinna Schumacher also asked the media to leave her family in
peace after German reports said on Monday there had been a slight
improvement in the former driver's condition, hours after Grenoble
hospital had issued a bulletin saying he was still stable but
"Please support us in our joint struggle with Michael," Corinna said
in a statement. "It is important to me that you relieve the doctors
and the hospital so they can work in peace.
"Please trust their statements and leave the hospital. Please also
leave our family in peace."
They were Corinna's first public comments since a December 30
statement in which she thanked the medical team for their efforts
and expressed gratitude to fans around the world for their
outpouring of support.
Schumacher, a seven-times Formula One world champion, suffered brain
injuries when his head hit a rock in France on December 27.
He has been in an induced coma since then and has undergone two
operations in Grenoble.
The hospital and the German's management have repeatedly asked the
media to respect his privacy.
The medical team have held news conferences and issued periodic
bulletins on his condition including one on Monday that said: "The
clinical state of Michael Schumacher is stable as he's under
permanent care and treatment.
"However, the medical team in charge stresses that it continues to
assess his situation as critical."
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Bild, Germany's best-selling newspaper, reported on Tuesday
under the headline 'First hopes for Schumi' that the former
driver nearly died twice last week.
It added that doctors were now more optimistic he would survive.
"Twice in the last week it looked like Schumi would lose the
fight for his life," Bild wrote.
"The brain scan on Friday was 'catastrophic', Bild has learned
from medical sources. But after the readings stabilized towards
the weekend the doctors are now confident he will make it."
Last week Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm urged journalists to
stay away after security guards said they intercepted a reporter
disguised as a priest who was trying to get into his room.
Schumacher, who turned 45 on Friday, is the most successful
Formula One driver of all time with 91 race victories.
He left the sport last year after a disappointing three-year
comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from
Ferrari at the end of 2006.
French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere reported on Tuesday that the
camera Schumacher had on his skiing helmet was recording when he
The newspaper said investigators had footage that will be useful
to understand the circumstances of the accident. The prosecutor
in Annecy is due to hold a news conference on Wednesday.
(Additional reporting by Gregory Blachier in Paris, editing by
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