Michael Schumacher, who sustained life-threatening head injuries after falling on to a rock while skiing with friends in December 2013, is no longer in a coma.
Recap: The 45-year-old was placed in an induced coma after hitting his head on a rock. He underwent reportedly two operations in Grenoble to remove blood clots on the brain. While his chance of survival seemed grim, by the end of January, the German’s medical team began reducing his sedation.
On 4th April, his spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said that the Formula 1 legend was making “small signs of progress” and was showing “some moments of communication”.
Now, about two months after, his management confirms that he’s no longer in a coma and has left the Grenoble hospital where he has been treated. The statement reads:
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,” read a statement. 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.
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has a home on the shores of Lake Geneva. It was reported in March that his wife Corinna had spent £10million on building a medical suite in the mansion there.
With seven drivers’ titles, 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions, he remains the most successful driver in Formula One history. He retired at the end of the 2012 season.
We’re so glad he made it! Keep fighting, Michael.