Current condition unknown
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The news was welcomed across the sporting spectrum. Schumacher's former Formula One team tweeted their support.
His friend and German international footballer Lukas Podolski wrote on Twitter: "What great news!!! I'm so glad."
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) June 16, 2014
Former Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld wrote: "I'm so happy."
Encouraging news on Michael's condition this morning. We couldn't ask for a better start to the week. #KeepFightingMichael
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 16, 2014
Timeline of treatment
December 29th, 2013: Schumacher slams his head during a fall in a boulder-strewn section of the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel. He is wearing a helmet but it smashes in two.
December 30th: Schumacher is said to be in a "life-threatening" condition and has a second operation to treat bleeding in the brain.
January 1st, 2014: A day before Schumacher turns 45, his spokeswoman describes his condition as "stable".
February 17th: French officials close a criminal investigation into the accident, concluding it was not due to safety breaches. Investigators ruled out faulty skis, inadequate signage or excessive speed as possible causes of the fall – based in part on footage from a camera mounted on Schumacher's helmet.
June 16th: Schumacher's spokeswoman says he has left the Grenoble hospital to "continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore."