The legendary driver came out of coma on Monday and has left hospital six months in France after six months ago he suffered a horrific skiing accident that left him with life-threatening brain injuries.
The seven-times Formula One world champion “is not in a coma anymore,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing that the German driver had left the Grenoble University Hospital, where he had been treated since his accident Dec. 29.
“His family would like to thank all his 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 month.
“The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes. We are sure it helped him. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” reads the statement.
Kehm gave no further details of his condition or medical outlook, saying only that he would “continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” and also threatened legal action against journalists who dared to report on his therapy in the future.
At the weekend German magazine Bunte said while he was out of danger, the chances of his full recovery had nonetheless “dipped.”
Schumacher’s accident happened on a family vacation as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. He hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet.
Schumacher underwent two operations at the Grenoble University Hospital to remove hematomas and ease swelling on his brain. Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma. In late January, doctors began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up.
However, there were fears that he would not recover after unsuccessful when attempts to bring him out of the medically-induced coma. Over recent months, little information has been released on Schumacher’s condition.
The world’s most successful driver was transferred to the Lausanne University Hospital, near the Schumacher family’s Swiss home. Hospital spokesman Darcy Christen confirmed the 45-year-old German was admitted but stressed that the facility wants “to ensure that he and his family fully enjoy privacy and medical confidentiality.”
Reports in Germany said 45-year-old father of two Schumacher can communicate with wife Corinne and Corinna,45, and children Gina Marie, 17, and son Mick, 14.
One report said: “The specialists in Grenoble thought his condition so stable that he no longer requires their help.”
“If he’s been released from the hospital he was in, it means he’s able to support his own breathing and bodily functions,” said Dr. Tipu Aziz, a professor of neurosurgery at Oxford University’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
Schumacher won 91 grand prix’s during his illustrious career, securing the 1994 and 1995 Drivers’ Championship before seeking a move to Ferrari. After a period of intense battling with both Williams and McLaren, Schumacher went on to dominate the sport and secured the title five years’ on the spin between 2000 and 2004, says Independent.