Key events since Michael Schumacher's ski accident

Jun 16, 2014, 20:29 IST | AFP

Grenoble: Here are the key moments since an off-piste ski fall left German Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in a life-threatening condition late last year.

READ: Michael Schumacher out of coma, leaves French hospital 

His spokeswoman said Monday that Schumacher has been transferred from a French hospital to a facility in Switzerland after emerging from a coma.

Michael Schumacher

- December 29, 2013: Schumacher slams his head during a fall in a boulder-strewn section of the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel. He is wearing a helmet but it smashes in two.

He is evacuated by helicopter to the French city of Grenoble where doctors operate and place him in a coma, with a body temperature lowered to between 34-35 degrees C (93.2-95 F) to limit the consequences of "serious brain trauma".

His spokeswoman later says the former race-car driver was skiing with friends and teenaged son Mick, and was not going fast at the time of the accident.

- December 30: Schumacher is said to be in a "life-threatening" condition and has a second operation to treat bleeding in the brain.

- January 1, 2014: A day before Schumacher turns 45, his spokeswoman describes his condition as "stable".

- February 17: French officials close a criminal investigation into the accident, concluding it was not due to safety breaches.

Investigators ruled out faulty skis, inadequate signage or excessive speed as possible causes of the fall -- based in part on footage from a camera mounted on Schumacher's helmet.

- April 13: Schumacher is said to be "showing small signs of progress."

- June 16: Schumacher's spokeswoman says he has left the Grenoble hospital to "continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore."

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