Formula 1 - Michael Schumacher awakes from coma

Michael Schumacher has finally awoken from his coma, almost six months after his skiing accident in France.

Formula 1 - Michael Schumacher ‘making progress’, says manager

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Michael Schumacher (Reuters)

The Formula One legend has left at Grenoble University Hospital to continue his recovery at a rehab clinic.

According to Bild, Schumacher can now hear voices and is responding to touches.

"He can communicate with his environment, especially his wife Corinna (45) and his children. Now Schumacher's condition is considered stable enough that he no longer needs the help of specialists in Grenoble," reports the paper.

The news that Schumacher was awake was released in a statement by his management company: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," the statement confirmed.

"His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months.

"The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.

"For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye."

Schumacher was reportedly travelling at a modest speed for a skilled skiier when the accident happened, and is thought to have been saved by his skiing helmet, which split on impact.

However, F1's former chief doctor Gary Hartstein said in March that it was unlikely he would ever fully recover from the accident.

"As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent," Hartstein wrote on his blog.

A spokeswoman at University Hospital of Lausanne in western Switzerland later said Schumacher had been admitted there. "He is here, he arrived this morning," Darcy Christen told Reuters.

Christen declined to say what unit Schumacher, whose family home is in a town between Lausanne and Geneva, was being treated in, citing medical secrecy and family privacy.

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