F1 legend Schumacher leaves hospital to recuperate at home (Update)

UPDATE (GMM) More than eight months after his skiing crash last December, Michael Schumacher is finally going home.

The German weekly Bunte, citing sources at the rehabilitation clinic, reported last week that the F1 legend could leave Lausanne and return to his mansion on the shore of Lake Geneva by Christmas.

Actually, 45-year-old former Mercedes and Ferrari driver Schumacher's return home is happing "henceforce" (sp?), his manager Sabine Kehm announced on Tuesday.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," read an official statement. "There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead."

Indeed, the Bunte report last week insisted Schumacher, 45, still requires "constant assistance throughout the day", as his "motor, language and memory skills" have not been restored.

Kehm said on Tuesday that "massive changes in his health status" were not the reason for the decision to move Schumacher from rehabilitation to his home.

The statement also denied there has been "any rebuilding" at Schumacher's estate to facilitate his return.

09/09/14 Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has returned home to continue his recovery.

Nine months after his shock skiing accident, the German driver has left hospital and will travel to his base in Switzerland, manager Sabine Kehm has announced.

In June this year Schumacher was moved from a hospital in Grenoble, where he had been cared for since the end of December following the accident, to the University Hospital in Lausanne.

After eight weeks at the Lausanne facility, it has now been decided Schumacher will make the short 25-mile journey back to his house at Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva to continue his rehabilitation.

Seven-times Formula One world champion Schumacher has not been home for almost nine months since embarking on a skiing holiday with his family in the French resort of Meribel.

It was there the accident took place, with Schumacher hitting his head on a rock in a fall that resulted in him being placed in a medically-induced coma for a number of months due to the nature of his head injuries.

Although Schumacher finally emerged from the coma in mid-June, so allowing him to be transferred to Lausanne, progress remains slow, albeit sufficient enough for him to head home.

A statement from Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, read: "Michael's rehabilitation will continue from now on from home.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months.

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

"We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

"We ask the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculation about his state of health is avoided."

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