Michael Schumacher out of Coma: Latest News After Release from Grenoble Hospital

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 23:  Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP walks in the paddock following practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 23, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

The man arrested on suspicion of stealing and leaking Michael Schumacher's medical files has been found hanged in his prison cell.

The man, who denied any wrongdoing, worked for Zurich-based helicopter company Rega. Company chief Ernst Kohler released the following statement, reported by AFP and via the Guardian:

We are deeply affected to learn ... that a Rega employee, taken into custody yesterday upon suspicion of violating professional secrecy, committed suicide in his cell.

This tragic event leaves us saddened and speechless. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to the deceased’s family and loved ones.

Updates from Friday, July 11

Michael Schumacher's wife, Corinna, has delivered a positive—albeit brief—update on her husband's ongoing recovery from the skiing accident that left him in a coma.

Schumacher recently moved hospitals after it was announced he was no longer in a coma, and a lengthy period of rehabilitation awaits. 

ESPN F1 tweeted the latest:

German magazine Neue Post was credited with Corinna's full quote, translated by ESPN F1 as the following: "It's getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case it's improving." 

Updates from Tuesday, July 8

Swiss helicopter firm Rega has denied that it had any part in the leaking of Michael Schumacher's confidential medical files.

French police revealed on Monday a Swiss helicopter firm had been linked via an IP address. Rega was the company used to transfer Schumacher from Grenoble to Lausanne, but Motorsport.com reports the following:

The company, reportedly the major air ambulance operator in Switzerland, told AFP news agency that it believed "patient confidentiality had been preserved."

The Rega spokesperson added that it had "no knowledge of the investigation and had not been contacted by the authorities."

Supersport.com reports a criminal complaint has been filed by Rega:

Swiss helicopter company Rega filed a criminal complaint on Tuesday for the suspected leak of Michael Schumacher's medical files as the seven-times Formula One champion undergoes neurological rehabilitation.

"Rega has no proof that one of its employees is implicated," the Zurich-based company, which specialises in emergency medical assistance, said in a statement.

"But out of a concern for absolute clarity in this case, Rega today lodged a complaint against an unknown person with the prosecutor of Zurich canton.

Updates from Monday, July 7

French police have revealed that the IP address of the computer linked to Michael Schumacher's stolen medical files has been tracked to an unnamed Swiss helicopter firm.

The matter has now been passed over to Swiss authorities, per Agence France-Presse via the Guardian:

"The IP address was located in a helicopter firm in the Zurich area," the prosecutor's office in Grenoble said, refusing to reveal the name of the company or the alleged thief, but saying it had now passed the investigation on to Swiss authorities.

A report in the French local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré said the firm had initially been due to transfer Schumacher from Grenoble to Lausanne in Switzerland, where he is now being treated after emerging from a coma.

The company had therefore been given a copy of the medical report which ended up being offered for sale to several journalists, the newspaper said.

Updates from Monday, June 23

Sabine Kehm, Michael Schumacher's spokesperson, issued a statement regarding his medical records (via the Daily Mail):

"For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offeror claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher.

'We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved.

'We expressly advise that both the purchase and the publication of such documents and data is forbidden. The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not made available to the public. 

'We will therefore, in every single case, press for criminal charges and damages against any publication of the content or reference to the medical file. We trust for your understanding."

Updates from Wednesday, June 18

Michael Schumacher is communicating with his family, but remains unable to talk and still faces a lengthy rehabilitation, according to University Hospital Lausanne head of media Darcy Christen.

Schumacher was recently moved from a hospital in Grenoble to begin a new chapter in his recovery from a serious skiing accident, and Christen is quoted saying by grandprix.com:

The transfer doesn't mean that his condition improved markedly in the last few weeks.

He is still going in and out of consciousness but he is having more moments of consciousness more regularly than in April. He certainly can't talk but there is some degree of communication.

His doctors and family speak to him but he gets tired very quickly and needs a lot of rest. So this is kept to a minimum.

Updates from Tuesday, June 17

Lewis Hamilton has expressed his joy at hearing the news that Michael Schumacher has come out of a lengthy coma, to be taken to a Swiss hospital.

It is hoped Schumacher will now take a significant step on the long road to recovery, and Hamilton could not have been more delighted, per Don Mackay and Martin Bagot of the Daily Mirror:

Everywhere I go people ask about him. I always keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

It’s really positive to hear that there is some progress because I have been keeping an ear out for what’s going on and not been hearing about much improvement other than he’s twitching a little bit.

He’s now in that wake-up phase which is really encouraging. It’s really exciting because hopefully this is the first step on that new ladder.

A spokesman for the University Hospital Lausanne, Darcy Christen, gave brief details on the privacy Schumacher will be given as he begins the next chapter of his rehabilitation. Mackay and Bagot provide the quotes:

The family are in a separate part of the hospital where their privacy can be best protected and where Michael Schumacher can obtain the highest level of care.

Original Text

Michael Schumacher’s management team announced the retired Formula One driver is no longer in a medically induced coma and that he has left a hospital in Grenoble, France, to continue his rehabilitation at the University hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, per CNN's Ed Payne.

Andrew Benson, BBC's chief F1 writer, added:

Schumacher, 45, was admitted to the Grenoble facility after suffering a head injury during a skiing accident in Meribel, France, on Dec. 29, 2013.

Payne provided details on Schumacher's accident: 

His [Patrick Quincy, a French prosecutor investigating the accident] investigative team said it thinks the experienced skier hit a rock hidden beneath the snow while traversing an area between two marked pistes, which catapulted him face first onto another rock. Schumacher ended up 9 meters (30 feet) from the edge of the piste, Quincy said.

Below is a full statement issued by Schumacher's family and management team, per James Allen of jamesallenonf1.com:

Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.

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.

The seven-time Formula One world champion's camp has also confirmed there will be no further updates on his condition as he continues his recovery process.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 23:  Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 23, 2012 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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According to Bild (h/t the Daily Mail's Jonathan McEvoy), Schumacher is now able to communicate with his wife and children, and his agent said in April that Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," per Daniel Johnson of The Telegraph.

Schumacher is a legend in the sport of F1 and is widely considered one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. He took part in a total of 308 grand prix races, converting a staggering 91 into victories, per Formula1.com.

F1 has united in support of Schumacher.
F1 has united in support of Schumacher.Clive Mason/Getty Images

After such a serious accident, the recovery process is still in its early stages. For now, supporters will continue to rally behind Schumacher and hope for good news on the health of a true sporting icon.


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