Seve Ballesteros, the five-time golf major winner has spoken to his family as he makes progress in his recovery from a third operation on a brain tumor.
A statement from Madrid's La Paz Hospital said of Seve Ballesteros' brain tumour:" Seve Ballesteros continues to evolve favorably. He is conscious, is breathing spontaneously and can talk with his family."
"He has begun to receive rehabilitation treatment in the intensive care unit."
The 51-year-old Spaniard underwent his third operation on a brain tumor just over a week ago.
His family posted a statement on their website thanking everyone for the support on the issue of Seve Ballesteros' brain tumour.
"Seve is putting as much positive strength in this battle as he is capable of," said the family. "With the help of God, the neurosurgeons and their teams and those who are keeping watch over his state of health at the intensive care unit, we trust with unquestioning faith Seve will come out successfully from this hardship.
"We would very much like Seve himself to produce the next press release when his health allows it. Meanwhile, and just as has been happening lately, it will be the hospital who will keep you updated regularly on his progress," the family said.
Ballesteros was taken to hospital at the beginning of October after suffering from dizziness and briefly losing consciousness.