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Formula 1 Great Michael Schumacher Out of Coma and Leaves Hospital

June 16th, 2014 at 11:23 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Monday Michael Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble where he has been in a coma since sustaining injuries in a skiing accident in late December. News has been slow to none at all over the past few months on whether the seven-time World Champion's status was improving but on Monday the hospital confirmed that he left in the morning.

Brigitte Polikar a spokesperson for the Grenoble hospital said Schumacher was accompanied out of the hospital by an unspecific number of people.

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement that the 45-year-old left the hospital “to continue his long phase of rehabilitation.” She did not comment any further as to when Schumacher came out of his coma.

He was transferred to the Lausanne University Hospital, near the Schumacher's home in Switzerland. Hospital spokesman Darcy Christen confirmed Schumacher was admitted there but stressed that the facility wants "to ensure that he and his family fully enjoy privacy and medical confidentiality."

The recovery road for Schumacher seems to be a very long one still especially without many specifics emerging about his current condition other than he is no longer in a coma.

He suffered a severe head injury when he crashed into rocks on a slope at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps while on a family vacation on December 29th. He was skiing with his 14-year-old son at the time of the accident which cracked his helmet. Once Schumacher was taken to the Grenoble hospital shortly after the accident he was induced into a coma to rest his brain and reduce swelling. Doctors also operated to remove blood clots.

Schumacher is the all-time wins leader in Formula 1 with 91 career victories. The German last raced during the 2012 season before retiring from the sport.

Tags: Brigitte Polikar, Darcy Christen, Formula 1, Grenoble hospital, Lausanne University Hospital, Michael Schumacher, Motorsports, Sabine Kehm

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