Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is undergoing stem-cell therapy at a hospital in Paris, according to reports in France. In December 2013, Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma for six months following a skiing accident in the French Alps. The 50-year-old has not been seen in public since while little is known about his recovery. According to Le Parisien, Schumacher is at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris where he is undergoing treatment based on stem-cell transfusion by French surgeon Philippe Menasche. Stem cell treatment involves replacing damaged cells with healthy ones removed from blood or bone marrow.
Menasche has been described as a ‘pioneer in cell surgery’. The report also claims that Schumacher was treated by Menasche in Paris on two occasions last year. Schumacher usually arrives via helicopter with a small medical team and is registered at the hospital under a false name.
Speaking in July, Schumacher’s former team boss at Ferrari, Jean Todt, revealed an update on the German’s condition. ‘I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race [Grand Prix at Hockenheim] together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland,’ Todt told Radio Monte-Carlo. ‘Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. ‘He does not give up and keeps fighting.’
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