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Schumacher family thankful for support
Monday 30th December 2013, 18:14 by TF1T Staff
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The Schumacher family have issued a statement via Michael Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, thanking the medical team and fans around the world for their support.
The seven-time world champion remains in a 'critical and serious state' following brain surgery to ease pressure following his skiing accident on Sunday.
The statement reads: "We would like to thank the medical team who we know do everything possible to help Michael.
"We like to also thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for Michael's recovery.
"We would like to ask the media to respect the privacy of us and our friends and thank them for their support.
Support for the German has been growing since the confirmation of the severity of his injury, and German chancellor Angela Merkel issued the following statement.
"We listened to the doctors earlier as they described the situation as extraordinarily serious," her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters.
"We hope, along with Michael Schumacher and his family, that his injuries will heal and he will recover. We wish his wife, his children and the rest of his family strength and mutual support."
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