Michael Schumacher secretly admitted to Paris hospital for 'stem cell treatment' nearly six years after skiing accident
He was admitted to the Georges Pompidou European Hospital where he will operated upon by surgeon Philippe Menasche, who is well known for performing the world's first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure in 2014
F1 champion Michael Schumacher was admitted to a Paris hospital in order to receive 'stem cell treatment' on Monday night. The seven-time world champion, who turned 50 in January, hasn't been seen in public ever since his major skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29, 2013. His condition has been kept a secret by his family, and he has been recovering and recuperating in his home in Switzerland ever since he hit his head while skiing.
Now it has been reported that he was taken to the Pompidou hospital in southeast Paris.
According to reports, Schumacher will be receiving stem cell treatment that will be carried out by French surgeon Philippe Menasche, a heart specialist. Menasche is well known for performing the world's first embryonic cell transplant on a patient with heart failure in 2014.
As reported by Le Parisien, "It was at 3:40 pm on Monday that a stretcher arrived on the first floor of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital."
Schumacher was seen covered up in a blue cloth which totally "covered his body and face" as he was taken to the Continuous Monitoring Unit of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department. His security cover was tight and consisted of around ten people.
The treatment is likely to start on Tuesday morning and Schumacher is expected to be back home by Wednesday. Menasche has also revealed that the details of Schumacher's treatment will be a secret on grounds of medical confidentiality. As per two other sources, Schumacher made two visits to the Georges Pompidou European Hospital earlier this year.
On both earlier occasions, he had arrived by helicopter from Switzerland and had landed at a heliport in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris. During his stay, he went through treatment at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital but any major surgery by Menasche had been postponed.
He is visited only by close friends none of whom have given away any details regarding the state of his health. He often watches F1 on TV along with his friend and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, the FIA president. As a result of his skiing accident, he was left with many head injuries and was in a medically-induced coma for several months.