Michael Schumacher has left hospital after the skiing accident in France, and is no longer in a coma, his family has announced.
Michael Schumacher has left hospital after the skiing accident in France, and is no longer in a coma
“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” his management company said 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.”
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Michael Schumacher is showing “moments of consciousness” after months in a coma, his agent Sabine Kehm has said.
Sabine Kehm said in a statement to the media that he was “making progress”, adding that they remain “confident”.
Michael Schumacher is showing “moments of consciousness” after months in a coma
Doctors in France have been working to bring the seven-time F1 champion out of a medically induced coma.
Michael Schumacher, 45, suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29.
“We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble,” Sabine Kehm said in the statement.
“We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details.”
Last month Michael Schumacher’s relatives said in a statement that he had been showing “small, encouraging signs”.
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Michael Schumacher has been showing “small, encouraging signs” in his fight for recovery, the Formula 1 champion’s family says.
“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up,” the relatives said in a statement.
Doctors in France have been working to bring the seven-time champion out of a medically induced coma.
Michael Schumacher, 45, suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December.
He has been kept in a coma to help reduce the swelling in his brain.
Michael Schumacher has been showing “small, encouraging signs” in his fight for recovery
On Wednesday, Michael Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, released a statement on behalf of his family because of “an increasing interest in [his] condition in light of the start of the Formula 1 season”.
The family praised the efforts of the French doctors at Grenoble hospital, but also warned this was “a time to be very patient”.
“It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight for Michael,” the statement read.
Investigators probing the accident said Michael Schumacher had been going at the speed of “a very good skier” at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.
He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.
Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Michael Schumacher’s skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.
Michael Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.
Michael Schumacher’s family is at his bedside as the German motor-racing champion fights for life following a skiing accident in the French Alps.
His manager, Sabine Kehm, said his wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick are in a state of shock at the Grenoble hospital.
The seven-time Formula 1 champion suffered head injuries on Sunday in a fall at the resort of Meribel.
Michael Schumacher has been put in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.
“The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked,” Sabine Kehm told reporters.
Prof. Jean-Francois Payen, of Grenoble University Hospital’s intensive care unit, told a news conference that they could not give a prognosis for the 44-year-old driver.
“He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation. We are working hour by hour,” he said.
Prof. Jean-Francois Payen said that if MichaelSchumacher had not been wearing a helmet “he wouldn’t be here now”.
Michael Schumacher’s family is at his bedside as he fights for life following a skiing accident in the French Alps
“We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head,” the anaesthetist said.
Neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes said that a post-operative scan had shown “diffuse haemorrhagic lesions” on both sides of Michael Schumacher’s brain.
Michael Schumacher is likely to stay in an induced coma for at least 48 hours, or even several weeks – and there can be many months of therapy in order to achieve as full a recovery as possible.
Doctors have lowered Michael Schumacher’s body temperature to 34-35C (93.2-95F) as part of the coma, slowing his metabolism to help reduce inflammation.
The driver had been skiing off-piste with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
Michael Schumacher was first evacuated to a hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers.
Prof. Stephan Chabardes said Michael Schumacher was in an “agitated condition” on arrival in Moutiers and his neurological condition “deteriorated rapidly”.
He was taken from Moutiers to the larger facility in Grenoble.
Messages of support have come from around the world.
A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and her government were, like millions of Germans, “extremely shocked”.
“We hope, with Michael Schumacher and with his family, that he can overcome and recover from his injuries,” the spokesman said.
Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who recovered from life-threatening head injuries he suffered at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, wrote on Instagram: “I am praying for you my brother! I hope you have a quick recovery! God bless you, Michael.”
On Monday some fans had gathered outside the hospital in Grenoble.
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