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Michael Schumacher Leaves Hospital

July 13, 1999

NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) _ Michael Schumacher was released from hospital today, two days after breaking his right leg in two places in a high-speed crash in the British Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old German left Northampton General Hospital in an ambulance in mid-morning. Schumacher and his wife, Corinna, were expected to fly later today to their home in Switzerland.

The two-time world champion plowed into a tire wall on the first lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. His rear wheels are believed to have locked up as he attempted to round a sharp right-hand curve.

Schumacher was airlifted to the hospital, where surgeons inserted a foot-long pin in his right leg to fix the fractures of his tibia and fibula.

Speaking from his hospital bed Monday, Schumacher said he was ``lucky to be alive.″

He said he expected to be out of action for two to three months and wrote off any chances of winning the Formula One drivers’ championship. However, he said he was confident of racing for Ferrari again before the end of the season.

Joan Rumsey, Northampton General’s nursing director, said Schumacher played cards and watched television with his wife Monday night.

``This morning he has been reviewed by the surgical team who are very pleased with his progress,″ she said. ``The movement in Michael’s ankle and knee continues to improve. He is now requiring minimal pain relief.″

Surgeon Bill Ribbans, who carried out the operation on Schumacher’s leg, said the driver was recovering well and was ``very determined″ to get better.

He said Schumacher was ``in good spirits″ as he left the hospital.

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