MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’s health is still a mystery – but he is said to have undergone a ‘secret’ groundbreaking medical treatment, raising hopes the legendary Formula 1 star could be rebuilt.
Schumacher is said to have received medical care costing up to £115,000 a week as his family, friends and cronies hope he can recover from his horror skiing accident.
Schumacher’s health has been kept secret since he suffered a catastrophic brain injury while skiing in 2013.
But it was reported that the Formula 1 champion had a team of 15 nurses and doctors on hand around the clock to look after him.
The 53-year-old was placed in a medically-induced coma for almost six months after the accident while he was on the slopes with his son Mick.
It was reported that he underwent surgery to remove blood clots from his brain after the skiing accident.
But in June 2014, he was released from hospital to be treated at his childhood home near Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
His family have reportedly been forced to sell Schumacher’s beloved private jet and holiday home in Norway – valued at an estimated £25million – to cover his medical costs.
And little information has been released since then, with reports that Schumacher remains in a wheelchair and able to react to things around him.
However, in 2019 it was reported that Schumacher was set to undergo groundbreaking stem cell therapy to regenerate and rebuild his nervous system.
The renowned French cardiologist Dr. Philippe Menasche, who operated on him earlier, was supposed to perform the treatment to transfer cells from Schumacher’s heart to his brain.
In stem cell therapy, cells are taken from either the bone marrow or the patient’s own heart and injected into other parts of the body to repair damaged tissue.
The Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Nicola Acciari said at the time that the legendary driver was suffering from muscle atrophy and osteoporosis from being bedridden for so many years.
She said, “The goal is to regenerate Michael’s nervous system.”
French journalist Jean-Michel Décugis told The Times that stem cell therapy will have an “anti-inflammatory effect” that will most likely affect the brain.
He said: “Our sources say that Michael Schumacher is receiving stem cell perfusions that have … a systemic anti-inflammatory effect.
“That means they reach the whole body and one could imagine that they reach Michael Schumacher’s brain.
“It’s pretty mysterious. Officially [Menasché] works only on the heart.
“He runs experiments with [secretome] made by a lab from new stem cells and injected into veins, so far only in animals.”
Mr Décugis also claims that Schumacher will be injected with secretome – a protein found in the human body – which he says Menasche calls “stem cell juice”.
dr However, Menasche warned fans that he “doesn’t perform miracles” after the sports star’s first widely-reported stem cell therapy in October 2018.
He also slammed claims he was conducting “experiments” on the legendary racer.
And in September 2019, he said details of Schumacher’s treatment would remain “secret” for reasons of medical confidentiality.
After being treated at Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, France, he was said to be “conscious”, although few other details about his condition have been released.
And years since he was said to have undergone the treatment, there has been no concrete news – amid reports that the Schumacher family are trying to spend the winter months in a new property in Mallorca.
In 2020, his former boss and close friend Jean Todt announced that Schuey was receiving treatment tailored to help him “return to a more normal life.”
Todt, who as Ferrari team boss was responsible for five of Schumacher’s seven titles, is one of only a handful of visitors who are allowed to see him at home.
“I am very discreet on this issue,” he told Ouest France. “We all know that Michael had a very serious accident, which unfortunately had serious consequences for him.
“He has since been treated so he can return to a more normal life.”
Last month, Schuey’s wife Corinna broke down in tears – and she has previously admitted the F1 hero is “different now”.
When she accepted the State Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia on behalf of her ailing husband, she became emotional when she commented on her husband’s condition.
And in the Netflix documentary Schumacher, she said: “I miss Michael every day.
“But it’s not just me missing him, it’s the kids, his dad, everyone around him.”
Though she admitted he was “different,” she insisted that “he’s here and that gives us strength.”
Corinna also gave a brief insight into her life at home.
She said: “We are together. We live together at home. We do therapy.
“We’re doing everything to make Michael feel better and comfortable. And so that he can simply feel our family, our connection.”
Former boss Ross Brawn told The Guardian in 2016 he still visits his friend regularly.
“Michael was such a strong character and he only had one broken leg throughout his racing career,” he said. “The irony that this happened during a quieter life was terrifying.”
He continued: “We go to him and hope and pray that one day he will recover. I was quoted as saying he’s doing better, and that wasn’t what I really meant. The family is conducting his recovery privately and I have to respect that.
“As such, I do not wish to comment on his condition other than to say that we are very hopeful that at some point in the future we will see Michael as we knew him.”
Shortly before his 50th birthday, she assured his followers that he was in “good hands” and that the family was “doing everything humanly possible to help him”.
Todt also told Radio Monte-Carlo in 2019 that he had watched F1 races with the legendary driver on TV.
“I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher in his home country of Switzerland.”
Meanwhile, sources – described as “close relatives” – claimed in French magazine Paris Match in 2018 that Schumacher wept when he saw natural beauty.
They said: “When you put him in his wheelchair and see the beautiful panorama of the mountains overlooking the lake, sometimes Michael cries.”
One of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Michael dominated the sport in the early 2000s after coming to power in the 90s.
He raced from 1991 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2012 – a second act in his career during which he was instrumental in building Lewis Hamilton’s dominant Mercedes team.
The German won five world championships with Ferrari and two with Benetton.
Schumacher retired in 2012, but just a year later he was involved in a life-changing skiing accident with Mick on the slopes.
And meanwhile, Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber accused the star’s family of lying about his condition.
The 80-year-old said he was still “angry” that the brood had not updated him on the F1 icon’s health since his skiing accident nine years ago.
He slapped both Corinna and Jean Todt, saying: “They kept me out and told me it was too soon, well now it’s too late.”
Weber initially understood the need for secrecy about the Schumacher family, but since he was discharged from the hospital “all we’ve heard from them is lies”.
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