Michael Schumacher is 'Out of Coma' and Released from Hospital
For nearly six months, the world has held its collective breath, waiting for positive news regarding the condition of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, who was injured in a skiing accident on December 29. Thankfully, we can now confirm that Schumacher has left the hospital and is no longer in a coma. The seven-time F1 world champion has been transferred to Lausanne University hospital in Switzerland to begin rehabilitation after coming out of his medically induced coma, which was necessary to help reduce swelling of the brain resulting from significant head trauma. “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” commented Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm. “He is not in a coma anymore.” Today’s announcement marks the first major update in Schumacher’s condition since he began showing early signs of consciousness and movement in April. Schumacher received extensive treatment at Grenoble’s University Hospital, and doctors are optimistic about his recovery thus far, but warn that it’s a long process. RELATED: See photos of the 1998 Ferrari F300 F1 car
In a report from the BBC, neurosurgeon Tony Belli noted that recovery from these types of injuries can take months, even years.
“We know that some people can spend three, four years in rehabilitation. It depends very much on the severity of the injury, how young and fit they are.”
It’s an encouraging message though, especially considering the 45-year-old F1 champ’s mental toughness and physical ability pre-accident. You certainly don’t achieve seven-titles by giving up when the chips are down.
Take a look below to witness the massive outpouring of support for Schumacher. Keep fighting Michael!
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