Michael Schumacher's wife makes first public appearance since accident

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher after finishing his final F1 race at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix on November 25, 2012
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Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna is photographed smiling and joking for the first time since her husband suffered serious head injuries following a skiing accident.

Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has been photographed looking in high spirits during her first public appearance since her husband suffered serious head injuries following a ski accident almost seven months ago.

The Formula 1 legend was placed in a medically-induced coma after he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps on December 29.

There were suggestions that the seven-time champion would be left in a permanent vegetative state, but it was confirmed last month that the 45-year-old is no longer in a coma and has been moved from a Grenoble hospital into a facility close to his home in Switzerland.

During a riding tournament at Corinna's ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, she was photographed smiling and joking while posing for pictures and handing out chocolates.

Schumacher underwent two operations on his brain while in hospital in France.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher in the garage during a practise session of the San Marino F1 Grand Prix on April 23, 2004
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