Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the intensive care unit at Grenoble Hospital, his manager has announced. The Formula One legend has been a patient at the hospital for over five months following a skiing accident at the end of December in which he suffered severe head injuries.
It was announced at the end of January that the ‘waking up progress’ had begun in Schumacher’s treatment, but a paucity of updates since then has prompted growing fears about his condition and hopes of a recovery. It’s been revealed that Schumacher has been moved to an undisclosed location-- believed to be the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland. “He is here, he arrived this morning,” a spokesman for the hospital told Reuters.
The news that the seven-times World Champion has left the facility is the first official update on the German’s condition since April when it was reported that Schumacher was showing signs of ‘consciousness and awakening’. Schumacher is understood to have been transferred to the the University Hospital of Lausanne, in the west of Switzerland close to the family home on the shore of Lake Geneva.