Michael Schumacher 'moved to rehabilitation ward and is out of danger', claims German magazine

Reports from the seven-times Formula One world Champion's homeland state that he has been taken out of intensive care as he continues his recovery from a skiing accident

Michael Schumacher is said to be “out of danger” after he was moved from the intensive care unit to a rehabilitation ward in the Grenoble University Hospital where he has been treated for life-threatening brain injuries, a German magazine has reported.

Schumacher suffered a severe brain trauma when he hit his head on a rock in a skiing accident last December while skiing in the exclusive French ski resort of Meribel. The seven-time Formula One world champion has been showing “small, encouraging signs” despite efforts to bring him out of a medically induced coma beginning in January.

Schumacher out of hospital, confirms manager

His manager, Sabine Kehm, has not given an update on Schumacher’s condition since early April when she confirmed the “wake up” process was on-going, but reports in German magazine Bunte reported that the 45-year-old had been moved from the intensive care unit to a separate rehabilitation ward.

The report went on to claim that he was now “out of danger”, although it was added that his chances of making a full recovery from his life-threatening injuries appeared to have diminished.

 

While Kehm has not issued a comment on the claims in Bunte, previous reports in various media outlets have led to an official statement from either Kehm or the Schumacher family, who have used Kehm as the sole source of information to release the latest updates on the former Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes driver.

Reports last month also claimed that Schumacher had been moved to a rehabilitation unit – which Kehm later denied – while a source told The Independent that activity at the Schumacher home in Switzerland had significantly increased, leading to hopes that he could soon return home for further treatment.

Schumacher showing 'signs of encouragement'

The claims come after his former team boss at Benetton Flavio Briatore said that “no news is not good news,” while former F1 medical doctor Dr Gary Hartstein voiced his concerns that there will never be good news in the hope of a recovery.

READ MORE: FAMILY THANK FANS FOR ONGOING SUPPORT 
THE SCHUMACHER HEALTH HEADLINE THAT CAUSED CONTROVERSY 
BRAIN EXPERT: 'SCHUMACHER WILL NOT BE SCHUMACHER'

Briatore told Italian radio station Radio 24: “There is no news because the family is very closed. “They are not communicating. But surely no news in this case is not good news.”

Dr Hartstein had said previously: “I'm quite afraid, and virtually certain, we will never have any good news about Michael.”

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

East15 Acting School: Finance and Contracts Officer

£20,781 to £24,057 per annum: East15 Acting School: The post involves general ...

Tradewind Recruitment: Geography Teacher

£150 - £180 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: A mainstream Secondary school in C...

Austen Lloyd: Practice / HR Manager - Somerset

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: A rare and exciting opportunity for a Practice...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company provides global satellite communi...

Day In a Page

Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks