A leading neurosurgeon has warned that it is "extremely unlikely" that Michael Schumacher will make a full recovery, even though he has now woken up from a coma.
Tipu Aziz, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Oxford said the driver was likely to be "better than he was" but because he had been in a coma so long "a full recovery is extremely unlikely".
"The fact he was in a coma for so long ... we can assume that he has had quite a bad injury. People don't tend to make a full recovery from that sort of injury," Professor Aziz added.
In a statement, the family thanked his doctors and medical team, and the many members of the public who wished him well. They said they were "sure" the good wishes helped him.
Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.
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.