Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has left the Swiss hospital he has been receiving treatment in for head injuries caused by a tragic skiing accident last December, to return to his home where he will continue his recovery. The information was confirmed by his manager Sabine Kehm in a statement made earlier today.
"Henceforth, Michael's rehabilitation will take place at his home,” Kehm’s statement read. “Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months."
The statement didn’t provide any further updates on Schumacher’s condition but said there was still a “long and difficult road ahead.”
Schumacher, 45, fell and hit his head on a rock in a skiing accident at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps last December. Despite wearing a helmet, the seven-time Formula One world championship sustained serious head injuries and needed to immediately be put into a coma so that doctors could safely remove blood clots from his brain.
He was initially being treated at Grenoble University Hospital Center in France and upon emerging from his coma last June was transferred to Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. He has now returned to his home in Gland, on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva 254 days after his accident.
His family and manager have thanked the doctors "for their thorough and competent work" and have asked that their privacy be respected.