Formula one World champion Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher passes a gate during a giant slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio 17 January 2003.
LYON: Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was transferred from a French hospital to a facility in Switzerland on Monday after emerging from a coma following his devastating ski accident in December.
In a surprise announcement, the retired racing star's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said he had left hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble, where he had been treated since December when he slammed his head on a rock while skiing with his son and friends.
The 45-year-old was transferred to a hospital in the Swiss city of Lausanne, hospital.
"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," Kehm said in a statement.
"For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye," she added.
Kehm gave no further details about Schumacher's condition, which has been kept under a tight lid since his accident in the French Alpine resort of Meribel on December 29.