After a life-altering skiing accident, Michael Schumacher has emerged from his medically induced coma and has left the French hospital where has been staying for the past six months.
The news has been confirmed by Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm.
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” said Kehm in a statement.
“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 has been in a medically induced coma since suffering serious head trauma after a skiing accident on December 29th at the French resort of Meribel.
The seven-time Formula 1 World Champion won twice with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before going on to claim an incredible five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.
Schumacher officially retired from the sport (for the second time) in 2012.