Michael Schumacher out of coma and set to continue 'long phase of rehabilitation'

Monday 16 June 2014 23.31
Michael Schumacher sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident last year
Michael Schumacher sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident last year

Former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has been moved to a hospital in Switzerland, according to his spokeswoman.

Mr Schumacher sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013.

In a statement spokeswoman Sabina Kehm said: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble [hospital] to continue his long phase of rehabilitation."

Subsequently, a spokesman said that Mr Schumacher had been admitted to the University Hospital of Lausanne, in Switzerland.

It has been 170 days since Mr Schumacher was injured following his fall off-piste in the French Alpine resort of Meribel.

He initially required surgery to remove a haematoma from his brain, but despite its success, the 45-year-old was forced to remain in a coma under sedation.

Official reports after the initial frenzy surrounding Mr Schumacher's status have been few and far between.

Prior to today the last update on his condition had been in early April, which stated he was showing "moments of consciousness".

The lapsed time in between without any further statement, however, had resulted in doubts as to whether Mr Schumacher would ever make a complete recovery.

Mr Schumacher's family again offered their sincere gratitude to all those who have played a part in the process over the past five-and-a-half months.

The statement added: "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. 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."