Michael Schumacher 'Out of Coma'
   2014-06-16 18:13:18    Reuters TV      Web Editor: Jiang

This file picture taken on January 14, 2005 shows German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher skiing during a slalom race in the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites area, northern Italy.  Michael Schumacher is "showing small signs of progress", his spokeswoman said on April 13, 2014, with the Formula One legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries suffered in a ski accident. [Photo: TRICK HERTZOG/CFP]

Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013, is no longer in a coma and has left the French hospital where he was being treated since the accident, his spokeswoman said on Monday (June 16).

"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble (hospital) to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a statement which gave no details of where he was being transferred to.

The German who won a record 91 Grand Prix victories and left motor racing last year after a disappointing three-year comeback, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel last Dec. 29.

"For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye", the brief statement said of Schumacher, who turned 45 earlier this year.

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