Michael Schumacher is now out of the six-month-long induced coma that doctors initiated following the former F1 champion’s tragic skiing accident last December. Formula1.com also reports that the decorated German driver has left the Grenoble hospital where he was treated following the accident in the French Alps.
“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,” said Schumacher’s staff in a statement.
We had heard earlier this year that doctors were working on slowly and gradually bringing Schumacher out of the medically-induced coma required to perform surgery in the aftermath of the incident. Schumacher was wearing a ski helmet when he fell and struck his head against a rock, and doctors have said he likely would have not survived had he not worn the helmet.
“For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” reads a request from Schumacher’s staff. Schumacher is considered by many to be among the most dominant Formula 1 racing drivers in history, winning seven world championships over the course of his 25-year career. He raced for Ferrari between 1996 and 2006, before retiring and later rejoining Formula 1 in 2009. Schumacher ended his career in 2012 after a stint with Mercedes-Benz beginning in 2010.
While certainly uplifting news, it’s but one stepping stone on Schumacher’s road to recovery. There’s still plenty of rehab to go through in the coming months, and there’s no telling as of right now what the long-term prognosis is after six months spent in a coma.
“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," the statement continues.