Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been transferred from hospital in Grenoble to the CHUV in Lausanne. His family report that the 45-year-old is no longer in a coma and they have commended the care and treatment provided by medical staff at the hospital in Grenoble. The German champion driver was placed in a medically induced coma to help reduce swelling in his brain after he sustained a serious head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December.
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement on behalf of his family on Monday. There was no mention, however, as to whether he was able to speak or otherwise communicate.
Schumacher, who retired from F1 in 2012 following a record-breaking 19-year career, had been skiing off-piste with his son when he fell and hit his head against a rock. Monday’s statement was the first substantial update on Schumacher’s condition since early April when his manager reported that he was showing “moments of consciousness and awakening”.