Michael Schumacher is 'crying at the sound of his children'

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Michael Schumacher is reportedly crying to his wife and children's voices.

Writing for Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra, Giorgio Terruzi said: "Schumi cries. And sometimes mysteriously. He cries when he hears his children, his wife's voice, his dogs. In the silence of that room, a tear runs down his thin face at a known sound."

He added: "Inside this we can find... There is life, enclosed in a drop; there is the strength of a man who is moved and that moves each of us. We have his tears, his senses exposed."

Earlier this week, the F1 racing driver's manager Sabine Kehm said he faces a "long, hard fight" to recovery after claims emerged he was beginning to communicate with his eyes.

Former F1 driver Philippe Streiff told Le Parisien that Schumacher "had yet to recover the power of speech" but was "nevertheless starting to recognise those close to him".

Streiff added that his information had come from contact with Schumacher's wife, Corinne, and with his neurosurgeon, Gérard Saillant, whom he knows as a result of his own racing accident in 1989.

But Kehm said: "We need a long time. It's going to be a long time and a hard fight. He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation."

Sabine added that Streiff was not a close friend of Schumacher and that his claims to have had contact with the two people named were "factually wrong".

She said: "I cannot confirm that [report]. I can only confirm that I do not know where Mr Streiff has his information from because he has no contact with us and he never has."

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