Almost six months after a skiing accident nearly claimed his life, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital and was moved to one closer to his home in Switzerland, the AP reported.
Schumacher had been airlifted to the French hospital after he fell and hit his head while vacationing in late December, but he is “not in a coma anymore,” according to manager Sabine Kehm.
The only other note included in Kehm's brief statement was that Schumacher would “continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” in Switzerland. It's the first update on the racing legend's status since April, when it was reported that Schumacher showed “moments of consciousness and awakening.”
Schumacher's helmet cracked after he fell and hit his head while skiing in the French Alps on December 29. Doctors immediately performed surgery to remove blood clots in his brain and then placed him in a medically-induced coma.
How much progress Schumacher made in the hospital or how long his rehabilitation might take remains unclear.
One doctor who spoke with the AP said that because Schumacher was released from the hospital, it indicated that “he was able to support his own breathing.”
Word quickly spread around the sporting world, and German striker Lukas Podolski took to Twitter only hours before his team would play Portugal to express his relief.