Schumacher leaves Swiss hospital for home

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has left a hospital in Switzerland and will continue his rehabilitation at home, more than eight months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

The seven-time Formula One world champion was treated in Grenoble, France, and then at the CHUV hospital in Lausanne following his accident in the French Alps in December.

But his manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that he will be rehabilitated at his home from now on, 254 days after his fall.

The 45-year-old lives with his wife Corinna and two children in Gland, Switzerland. 

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," Kehm said in the statement. "There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We would like extend our gratitude to the entire team at CHUV Lausanne for their thorough and competent work.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

Schumacher was moved to the hospital in Lausanne, which has renowned neurology experts, in June. His wife and two children live nearby.

The racing star underwent two operations to remove life-threatening blood clots after the accident in which he hit his head on a rock. His helmet was split in two.  

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