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Michael Schumacher out of coma, leaves French hospital

Jun 16, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

(Photo: Tony Gentile / Reuters) Reuters

The manager for Michael Schumacher has confirmed that the seven-time Formula One World Champion is no longer in a coma and has left a hospital in Grenoble, France where he has been receiving treatment since his ski accident last December.

In a statement, Sabine Kehm said the racing legend would now “continue his long phase of rehabilitation” and said that it would “take place away from the public eye.”

However, the Associated Press received confirmation that Schumacher is now at the Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland from a hospital spokesperson there. Schumacher and his family live in the country.

Kehm added that 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 expressed its gratitude to “all the people who have sent Michael the many good wishes … We are sure it helped him.”

Schumacher suffered a severe head injury during his Dec. 29, 2013 ski accident at the Meribel resort in the French Alps after he fell and hit his head on a rock. After arriving in Grenoble, he was placed into a coma by doctors and underwent several surgeries.

In January of this year, it was announced that doctors had begun the “waking up” process for Schumacher. However, official updates had been few and far between, leading to widespread media speculation about his health.

But this morning’s news should be very heartening for his colleagues in the paddock and the millions of race fans around the world that have kept Schumacher in their thoughts since his accident.

Both Ferrari (where Schumacher won five of his seven championships) and Mercedes (where Schumacher ended his brilliant career) have called such news “encouraging” on their respective Twitter pages:

  1. gbpckr34 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The power of prayer is amazing! Glad to see Michael alive and well!

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    God Speed, Michael.

    We don’t really have any idea what his physical state is but we all wish him a full recovery.

  3. kando53 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Wow, this was so surprising I felt the need to check many other sources before knowing what to say. This is fantastic news, even though I am sure he is still in very dire physical condition. I really truly hope the reports that he can communicate with his family are true, no matter how minimal. I also hope he is aware of the great year his old Mercedes F1 team is having. I only wish he were still driving now that they have a real car to compete with. My best to him and his family. I’d be happier yet, if the US wasn’t in the same bracket as Germany in the World Cup, lol.

  4. warren2185 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    A small gripe about a misleading headline. “leaves French hospital” certainly has a connotation associated with it. Another publications headline was more accurate. It said “Out of coma, moved to Switzerland”. Leave vs. moved is a big difference.

  5. worknman24hours - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I heard Michael’s name on the radio yesterday about 6:30 a.m. as the start of an announcement and immediately my heart sank.

    It’s been twenty years since I last heard a Formula One racers name mentioned on a American radio program and I feared the worst and then it came…..

    ” is awake,no longer in a coma and has been released from the hospital.”

    ,My heart leapt for joy.

    it continued…

    “Schumacher has been taken to a facility closer to where he lives,where his rehabilitation will continue.”

    Hell,yes!,I gave the fist pump.

    Yesterday morning was a very good morning.

    Later on,thanks to my boss ,who let me check the internet on his phone,I was able to check the BBC reports and the U.K. telegraph reports as well as some really outstanding live feed updates of just how the announcement came about.

    Turns out that Michael was well enough to be moved from the hospital and that is a great thing ( much thanks to the medical people who helped save his life).

    The reports also mentioned that Michael is ‘able to communicate with his family’ which is cryptic for there are difficulties that remain for Michael and his family in this area.

    All this means is that Michael’s race to recovery continues.

    Something we all knew would happen.

    He has a great rehabilitation pit crew and his family is epic in his efforts to get better.

    As before,we fans need to give Michael and his family space to do what they together must do for Michael to again be healthy,as much as is possible.

    Michael’s family knows they will be under siege from people who want to cash in on Michael’s current situation by trying to take pictures of his difficulties and they will no doubt have an astounding security crew set up and people around the family that will make sure Michael as well as his family is well protected.

    No one can say how this will progress.

    Michael will no doubt fight like Hell to get his health back ( as he no doubt has been doing since this happened) for himself but mostly for his family.

    We hold a place in our heart for Michael and his family and all the families all over the world fighting with similar injuries trying to bring their loved ones back to full health.

    God Bless You Michael.

    I know you will never quit.

    We won’t give up on you either.

    Nice to see you out of the hospital, Mikey, hang tough ,there is plenty of time to get better now.

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