Schumacher out of coma, leaves hospital

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital.

The Formula One website posted a statement released by Schumacher's management team, saying the legendary driver has departed Grenoble University Hospital after months of treatment for injuries stemming from a skiing accident last December.

"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," read the statement.

"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."

Schumacher hit his head after a fall while on a family ski trip on Dec. 29 in the French Alps. He was wearing a helmet, which the doctors said likely saved his life.

The 45-year-old German, who retired from Formula One racing at the conclusion of the 2012 season, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Moutiers and then moved to Grenoble.

In addition to his seven titles, Schumacher posted 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions.

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