The family of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher have confirmed that the German driver is no longer in the coma that had seen him remain in hospital since a skiing accident at the end of December 2013 and that the former Jordan, Ferrari and Mercedes F1 driver has left the Grenoble hospital where he was being treated for rehabilitation elsewhere.
Schumacher suffered extreme head injuries in the December 29th accident, and the doctors kept him in an induced coma to aid his recovery as his life was in immediate danger.
There had been no official statement for many weeks about his condition, leaving many fearing the worst, but this new statement gives his legions of fans and supporters from around the world renewed optimism going forward.
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” said the statement by his manager Sabine Kehm.
“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 it helped him.
“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”
For the privacy of Schumacher and his family, the location of his rehabilitation has not been revealed, and the exact condition of the F1 legend is not yet known, but the news today will give some much needed positive news to the motorsport world who all rallied around him in the past six months.