Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital to continue his recovery at home, his manager says. Sabine Kehm said in a statement that he had made “progress”, but there was “a long and difficult road ahead”.
Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in France in December last year and was transferred to the Swiss hospital in June.
Schumacher’s family said in June that he had come out of a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain.
Schumacher spent six months at a hospital in France after his accident, before being transferred to the hospital in Lausanne. His family home is in Gland, which is on the shores of Lake Geneva, some 40km (25 miles) from Lausanne.
”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,” Ms Kehm said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement did not give any indication of whether there had been a change in the state of Schumacher’s health.
“We ask that the privacy of Michael’s family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided,” it added.
His family and manager also thanked the team at CHUV Lausanne hospital “for their thorough and competent work”.
Schumacher underwent two operations to remove blood clots from his brain before he was put into a medically induced coma to try to reduce swelling.
Investigators probing the accident at the French ski resort of Meribel said Schumacher had been going at the speed of “a very good skier” at the time of his crash.
He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, they said.