Michael Schumacher was transported to Paris for new secret treatment. He is has not been seen since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident in Grenoble in 2013. But positive signs on the Formula 1 legend’s status have been given after a nurse at the cardiology unit gave an update on his situation.
Schumacher was said to have received transfusions of inflamation reducing stem cells.
The former Ferrari driver was under tight supervision following his arrival at the hospital on Monday.
The hospital worker told Le Parisien: “Yes he is in my service. And I can assure you that he is conscious.”
This follows former F1 Ferrari chief Jean Todt, a close friend of the stricken star, spending 45 minutes with Schumacher yesterday.
Michael Schumacher is said to be “conscious” following his treatment
Michael Schumacher’s wife Corinna has kept tight-lipped on the F1 star’s progress
Michael Schumacher is being treated in this hospital in Paris
I can assure you that he is conscious
Mr Todt arrived to see his friend at 5.15pm and then “quietly left the hospital”, the French newspaper said.
Surgeon Professsor Philippe Menasche welcomed Schumacher to the hospital on Monday. The 69-year-old expert is well known for performing the world’s first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure.
Schumacher was said to have had a fresh health scare before he was taken to the Pompidou hospital for stem cell treatment.
The F1 legend, who turned 50 in January, was taken to the hospital in a yellow and blue Geneva ambulance.
Schumacher with Corinna and Todt after he won the Japanese GP in 2000
Michael Schumacher latest: An ambulance leaving the hospital in France
His face and body was covered by a blue cloth as he entered the Cardiovascular Surgery Department on Monday.
Around 10 people were with the seven-time F1 championship winner. Reports from the scene said the state-of-the art hospital had been “turned into a bunkier”.
Treatment then started on Tuesday morning and Schumacher is expected to return to his home in Geneva today.
Professor Menasche has insisted the treatment must remain “secret” because of patient confidentialiy rules.
And the Schumacher family has remained tight-lipped on his progress.
Micheal Schumacher records
Schumacher has reportedly visited the hospital twice before by helicopter.
An Italian expert Angelo Vescovi, scientific director of the IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, told Italian newspaper Ansa: “About 5-6 years ago I was contacted by a person who knew Schumacher’s family asking me if something could be done, but nothing happened back then.
“At that time with my group we had made an attempt, after a judge’s order, injecting the same cells we use for multiple sclerosis into the brain of a boy in a coma, with fairly good results, but later the law changed, and it became much more difficult, practically impossible to do it again.
“At the moment, however, we can only make assumptions about what doctors are doing in Paris.”
Michael Schumacher was injured skiiing in 2013
Schumacher was with his son Mick when he hit a rock while skiing six years ago. The blow ripped apart his helmet and left him with blood clots.
The driver’s illustrious career saw him win five of his seven world championships with Ferrari gaining him a legion of supporters. He won the other two with Benneton.
Thousand of fans have offered best wishes to the F1 star.
One wrote on Twitter: “Very glad to hear Shumi’s news…I really hope a miracle happen… lets go.”
Another said: “Fingers crossed for Michael Schumacher. Hope his surgery goes well today. Can’t deny what a legend he is and hope he’s restored to full health.”
Another wrote: “I only want to hear what the family want to tell us.. Schumacher was a proud man & it’s no ones business.. I just hope there is hope for a meaningful recovery.”
Schumacher’s management have declined to comment and there is no official statement on his health status.
Back in 2016, manager Sabine Kehm said shed some light on the reason for the secrecy when she said: “When he was in Switzerland it was clear Michael was a private individual.
“Once in a long discussion Michael said to m: ‘You don’t need to call me for the next year. I’m disappearing.”
Michael Schumacher with his brother Ralf, also an ex-F1 driver
Michael Schumacher with former Mercedes CEO Nick Fry
But Schumacher’s former Mercedes boss Nick Fry has urged the family to be more open about the health situation.
Mr Fry, the ex-CEO for Mercedes, said: “Because of what he achieved, people would like to know about his condition; they are inquisitive and they genuinely feel for him.”
The F1 chief was writing in his new book Survive. Drive. Win where he added: “Corinna and the family have kept a very tight control on information about his treatment which, I think, is a pity.
“There are millions of people out there who have genuine affection for Michael, and that’s not just his fans in Germany or fans of Mercedes Benz.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega