Schumacher out of coma, shifted to Swiss hospital
By Stephanie Nebehay and Denis Balbouse
PARIS/LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Seven times Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident last year, has come out of a coma and was transferred to a Swiss medical center on Monday, officials said, but gave no details of his condition.
Schumacher, the most successful Formula One racer of all time, has had several brain operations since his accident in the French Alps in late December. He was moved for further treatment early on Monday to Lausanne's CHUV hospital, a sprawling modern glass-fronted complex above Lake Geneva.
The center treated former Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for cancer in the mid-1990s and last year its forensic scientists analyzed the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for traces of poison.
Schumacher, hugely popular in his native Germany and across the world in a sport that had become immensely lucrative in the course of his career, has been regularly visited at his bedside by his wife Corinna.
Doctors reported in April that he was showing signs of waking from a coma artificially induced to limit any brain damage.
He slammed his head against a rock while skiing off-piste over the Christmas holidays near their chalet at Meribel in the French Alps, about two hours from their home along Lake Geneva. Continued...