Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has returned home to continue his recovery, it has been announced.
Manager Sabine Kehm said Schumacher was making “progress” but admitted there was still “a long and difficult road ahead” – even after improvements in recent weeks.
Kehm’s full statement reads: “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.”
The 45-year-old, who was put in a medically-induced coma, had been at a French hospital for six months before being transferred to a Swiss facility where efforts were made to stimulate his senses.
The former Formula One champion suffered a head injury while skiing off-piste in France in December 2014. Reports say he banged his head on a rock at the French Alps resort of Meribel.
A number of attempts were made to access the seven-time Formula One champion while he was in hospital. One journalist dressed up as a priest, while another pretended to be Schumacher’s father. Neither attempt was successful.
Schumacher will spend the next phase of his recovery at his family home in Gland, near Geneva.