Schumi out of coma, moved to Swiss hospital

The ex-F1 champion has been admitted to the University Hospital of Lausanne.

The retired German racing star’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said he had left the hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher was admitted on Monday to the University Hospital of Lausanne, in western Switzerland, after leaving a French hospital where he had been in a coma since a ski accident last December, a spokesperson said.

"He is here, he arrived this morning," Darcy Christen, spokesperson for the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), told Reuters.

Christen declined to say which unit Schumacher, who lives with his family in a town between Lausanne and Geneva, was being treated in, citing medical secrecy and family privacy.

"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble [hospital] to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," 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 on 29 December.

"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.