Michael Schumacher has left hospital after coming out of his coma, it has been revealed by his manager, Sabine Kehm.

The 45-year-old has been in a severe condition ever since his skiing accident which took place on holiday back in December of last year.

Schumacher's head injuries led to two operations and resulted in him being left in a coma to recover.

There was an initial flurry of privacy invasion in the situation as supporters from around the world were desperate to find out how he was, but recently there has been less attention on the seven-time Formula One world champion.

But now there is news, and it appears to be positive.

In a statement released, Kehm said: "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma any more. 

"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."

It is excellent news and now we must wait for further information. The support from the world of motorsport has been unbelievable for Michael and it is clear that his condition had a real impact on so many of us.

Many Formula One drivers took to social networking site Twitter to share their feelings about the news. 

Two-time Formula One world champion, Fernando Alonso tweeted:  "Good start of the week with the news of Michael! So happy this is going in the good direction! #KeepFightingMichael."

Compatriot Nico Hulkenberg posted saying: "Great to hear about Michael - that its moving in the right direction! Really good & happy to hear that!!! #KeepFightingMichael."

As a driver, Schumacher was one of the greatest ever. The Ferrari legend exerted a dominance upon the sport of Formula One which was so special. Seven drivers' titles, including five in a row from the year 2000 onwards.

Though his comeback to the sport n 2010 to drive for the Mercedes team was brief and slightly anti-climatic, there is no doubt that he will go down as one of the top drivers ever to have raced.

He gained such a following and did so much for the sport due to his personality, his will to win and of course his speed on the track.  He is one of the most iconic and recognised figures in modern sport and it has been amazing to see everybody get behind him in this difficult time. 

Hopefully there will be further good news to come but for now it is relieving to hear that his condition has improved and he is on the road to a safe recovery which is what everybody wants as soon as possible.

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