Nine months after accident, Michael Schumacher heads home from hospital

Geneva: Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, who is recovering from a life-threatening head injuries he suffered while skiing at a French resort in December 2013, has left the hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home.

The German Formula One legend though faces "a long and difficult road ahead" after his skiing accident last year, a statement said on Tuesday.

Michael Schumacher
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. File Pic

"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home. Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," said the brief statement issued by manager Sabine Kehm.

"There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

A spokesman for the university hospital in Lausanne, confirmed that the 45-year-old German, a seven-times world champion, had been discharged earlier in the day.

No details were given on Schumacher's condition.

Schumacher suffered severe head injuries after hitting his head on a rock while skiing in Meribel in the French Alps on December 29, 2013, and underwent two operations before being placed in an induced coma, from which doctors at Grenoble University Hospital Centre began slowing waking him in late January.He was then transferred by ambulance to Lausanne in June after emerging from a coma.

He underwent nearly three months of treatment in an outdoor section of the hospital known as “Jardin des Sens” or Garden of the Senses, shielded from view. It specialises in the recovery of severely traumatised neurological patients by exposing them to water, scents and other elements.

The family home is along Lake Geneva in the Swiss town of Gland, where he has lived quietly for years with his German wife Corinna and their two teenaged children.

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