NNA - Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is "conscious" after undergoing stem-cell treatment in Paris, according to a French newspaper.
Earlier this week Le Parisien revealed that the seven-time world champion had been admitted to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for the complex treatment involving transfusions of inflammation-reducing stem cells.
Professor Philippe Menasche, the cardiac surgeon who performed the operation, also carried out the world’s first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure in 2014.
The newspaper quoted an anonymous staff member at the hospital. They said: “He is in my area. And I can assure you that he is aware.”
The German, now 50, was left with brain damage in 2013 after suffering an accident when skiing. He has been recovering at his family home in Lausanne ever since.
His family have kept his condition as private as possible, but Italian newspaper La Repubblica quoted biology professor Angelo Vescovi, who claimed that he was “contacted by a person who knew Schumacher’s family”.
He said: “They asked if something could be done (for Schumacher). At that time, we had made an attempt to inject the same cells we use for multiple sclerosis into the brain of a boy in a coma with quite good results.
“At the moment, we can only make assumptions about what they are doing in Paris.”
According to Le Parisien, the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver has 10 security agents watching over him at the hospital and that his treatment would remain secret for confidential reasons.