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Michael Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, has announced that the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion is out of a coma, and has left Grenoble hospital “to continue his long phase of rehabilitation”.

The German underwent two operations, and was left in a coma as doctors continued to assist his recovery.

After a lengthy period without an update, Schumacher’s family and management issued a statement on Monday to confirm that Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has been moved from Grenoble’s University Hospital.

There will be no further updates about his condition or recovery, and his location will not be made public.

“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,” read Kehm’s 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.

F1B wishes Michael a speedy recovery back to good health.

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  • dan

    This is great news!!!

  • Keep fighting, Michael.

  • One step at a time…keep fighting. #forzamichael

    • Brody

      +1………GREAT NEWS

  • Great news! Well wishes to Michael and his family during this time. It will be magical to see him as a special guest at an F1 race. #keepfightingmichael

  • Stan

    I respect the privacy of the family and they don’t really owe the public anything and of course wish Michael the best. Tragically this is probably not very good news.

    Dr Gary Hartstein and others have been speculating that Michael is probably in a persistent vegetative state. It is likely a very bad sign that no details for his condition or level on consciousness were given. I’m not trying to be negative and I hope I am as wrong and as misinformed as can be but I think the wording of the press release has given his fans false hope.

    • I don’t know Gary but I suspect he would be the first to say that it is speculation. Having said that, no mention of any lucidity or response does add veracity to speculation that it may not be good. However, time is the grand equalizer and we will have to wait and see what happens. This happened to my father and it took months before he started to respond and have any coherent responses etc so things can improve but they can also not improve.

      • Stan

        Speculation from an expert adds to the discussion with obvious limitations. My bigger point was the way the news was presented is possibly very different from the reality. To many who read the news there are two levels of consciousness – coma and normal.

        Hartstein has updated his blog http://formerf1doc.wordpress.com/ since the report has come out and has some interesting insight into the crafting of the language.

    • According to newspapers I have read he is moved to a hospital in Lausanne (near his residence).

      Also:

      “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore,”

      which woould imply he is slowly getting better.

  • Great news. Hope there is a lot of the Michael we knew ‘still there’ in the long run. Not for us, but for his Wife and children. We know such long comatose conditions and cerebral haematomas can do a lot of very ‘hard to predict’ damage. We all wish MS the best of recovery chances. JF.

  • gsprings

    don’t agree with that don’t owe the public anything statement,the public,or fans are a part of who Schumacher has become as a racer,no doubt, to be honest, I think they are being to secretive,it has to be driving those true shuey fans nuts,but yes I guess it’s the family’s right to keep a lid on things

  • Rapierman

    Okay, this is definitely progress. Not sure what’s going to happen on the other end, though.

  • Actually, his new location has been made public, though I don’t know by whom. There was this surreal moment on the main news program in Germany last night when they read the official press release that ended with a plea for privacy. The anchor agreed that privacy is important and that we should respect it. Then in the very next sentence, she welcomed a field reporter who was standing in front of the hospital Schumacher’s in now giving the latest details (which amounted to nothing but speculation).

  • Dom

    not sure how credible this is but is considerably more positive than the links above:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/recap-michael-schumacher-responds-wifes-3709209