Legendary racecar driver Michael Schumacher emerged from his coma, according to CNN today. Schumacher has been transferred from his Grenoble, France hospital room to University Hospital in Lausagne, Switzerland to continue rehabilitation, according to Sabine Kehm, his representative.
Kehm thanked Michael's millions of fans around the world for their support. She also said he would continue his rehab in privacy.
Corinna Schumacher, his devoted wife, has been by his bedside ever since his skiing injury in the French Alps on Dec. 29. Michael was airlifted from the accident site to Grenoble where he was placed into a medically-induced coma.
Schumacher was injured when his skis struck a rock submerged beneath a layer of snow. He was catapulted about 35 feet through the air. His trajectory led his head to make impact with a larger rock which split his helmet open.
He was conscious briefly following the accident and spoke a few words before he was airlifted to Grenoble Universit Hospital, 450 miles southeast of Paris.
Surgeons performed surgery to remove blood clots inside his head. Other blood clots were too deeply embedded to remove. He was placed in a medically induced coma to allow him time to heal.
Flavio Briatore, who was Michael's manager at Benneton, expressed concern a few days ago because there had been no word recently on his friend's condition. Briatore and Schumacher teamed up at Benneton to win two world championships.
Schumacher later won five consecutive world championships with Ferrari working alongside Jean Todt and Ross Brawn, who have also visited him in the hospital since his injury. With seven world championships, Michael has won more than any other driver in Formula One history.
He is considered by many to be the greatest Formula One driver ever. His 91 race wins leads all others.
He and wife have for many years been considered the golden couple of Formula One. She owns a ranch near Dallas, Texas. During his racing career they visited midwestern United States whenever he competed in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Millions of Schumacher's fans around the globe are jubilant at the latest news of Schumacher's improved condition after five months in the coma.
Members of every team in Formula One tweeted their happiness that Michael has finally climbed out of the darkness. Schumacher is an icon to most of the drivers preparing for the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday.
His wife has been talking to him on a regular basis hoping he would recognize her voice and wake up. Looks like it worked!
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