German auto racing legend Michael Schumacher is out of a coma nearly six months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident and was transferred Monday to a Swiss medical facility from a hospital in Grenoble, France.
The seven-time Formula One champion will undergo treatment at the prestigious University Hospital Center of Vaud canton, located in Lausanne.
The hospital does not plan to provide any information on Schumacher's condition, spokesman Darcy Christen told Swiss news agency Ats, citing medical confidentiality and the family's right to privacy.
Schumacher, 45, fell and struck his head on a rock last Dec. 29 while skiing at the French Alps resort of Meribel.
Doctors at the hospital in nearby Grenoble put the winner of 91 Grand Prix races in a medically induced coma to minimize the chances of permanent brain damage.
"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble (hospital) to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," Schumacher's agent, Sabine Kehm, said Monday in a statement.
Kehm, who has been the spokeswoman for Schumacher's family throughout their ordeal, said in early April that he was showing "moments of consciousness and awakening." EFE