Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013, is no longer in a coma and has left the French hospital where he was being treated since the accident, his spokeswoman has revealed.
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble hospital to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a statement which gave no details of where he was being transferred to.
The German who won a record 91 grand prix victories and left motor racing last year after a disappointing three-year comeback, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on 29 December.
“His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.”
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure that it helped him.”
“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” the brief statement said of Schumacher, who turned 45 earlier this year.
A post-script to the statement added that no further information will be given regarding Schumacher’s mental state, disclosure on where he is being treated, and also no indication regarding the type or scope of treatment he is receiving.
Since then, a spokeswoman at University Hospital of Lausanne in western Switzerland said that Schumacher had been admitted there. “He is here, he arrived this morning,” Darcy Christen told Reuters.
Christen declined to say what unit Schumacher, whose family home is in a town between Lausanne and Geneva, was being treated in, citing medical secrecy and family privacy. (GP247-Reuters)