Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a hospital in Switzerland and returns home for the first time since a skiing accident left him in a coma, nearly nine months ago. The 45-year-old German will continue his rehabilitation at home.
In December, 2013, the seven-time champion fell and hit his head while skiing in France. Even though he was wearing a helmet, the impact was such that it landed Schumacher in a coma, from which he awoke only last month.
According to Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, the racing legend has made some progress since he fell into a coma; the German star had been in medically induced coma, following surgery, since December 29, 2013.
In a statement, Kehm shared the happy news with millions of fans that have been waiting for this day.
“Henceforth, Michael’s rehabilitation will take place at his home.”
“Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work. We ask the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculation about his state of health is avoided.”
At the time of the accident, Schumacher was on a skiing vacation with his family. As he skied in the resort Meribel, located in the French Alps, he went off-piste and hit his head on a rock. The Formula One racer was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, France, where he had surgery to remove blood clots in his brain, however, some were too deep and surgeons decided to place Schumacher in a medically induced coma.
Naturally, speculation and false reports have been commonplace since Schumacher’s accident. In the quest to obtain the latest and most accurate information on the German’s condition, a man was accused of stealing his medical records.
As reported by The Inquisitr, the unidentified man worked for a Swiss air and rescue company, Rega, which transported Michael Schumacher from a hospital in France to Switzerland in June of this year, a prosecutor in Zurich said. The man was found hanged in his jail cell last month.
Michael Schumacher, wife Corinna, and their children live in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.
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