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Schumacher Out Of Coma And Leaves Hospital
Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has been moved from hospital in Grenoble after a skiing accident last December.
The 45-year-old has been in an induced coma since suffering a serious head injury in the accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.
He has now left CHU Grenoble in France and been moved to University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
His management company said in a statement: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.
"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."
Schumacher's family were "in a space created especially to ensure their intimacy and to ensure the best possible care" at the Lausanne facility, a hospital spokesman said.
Schumacher, his wife Corinna and two children live in the Swiss town of Gland.
The seven-times F1 champion was reportedly travelling at speeds of up to 60mph when the accident happened, and is thought to have been saved by his skiing helmet, which split on impact.
However, the racing legend's chief doctor said in March that it was unlikely he would ever fully recover from the accident.
Doctor Gary Hartstein wrote on his blog: "As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent."
The German, who won a record 91 Grand Prix victories, left motor racing in 2013 after a disappointing three-year comeback.
Mercedes, the team Schumacher raced for during his return, said: "Encouraging news on Michael's condition this morning.
"We couldn't ask for a better start to the week. #KeepFightingMichael."