Michael Schumacher is reportedly conscious nearly six years after the skiing accident that left him in a coma. The seven-time F1 champion reportedly gained consciousness following a pioneering stem cell therapy in a hospital in Paris.
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, 50-year-old Schumacher was admitted to the Georges-Pompidou hospital on September 9 and is being treated by cardiovascular surgeon Philippe Menasché who has the reputation as a ‘pioneer in cell surgery’. A nurse at the hospital has told the same publication that Schumacher is in her service and that she can assure “he is conscious”.
Schumacher retired from racing for a second time at the end of the 2012 season and just over a year later had a near fatal accident whilst skiing in Meribel in the French Alps. The German was moved back to his house in Gland, Switzerland in 2014 and has been receiving care ever since, with his family fiercely protecting his privacy. However, to coincide with his 50th birthday in January, his family issued a rare statement saying they “are doing everything humanely possible” to help the F1 champ, and “that he is in the very best of hands”.
FIA President Jean Todt visited the former racer during his treatment in Paris. Earlier this year, Todt who was also Schumacher’s former team manager at Ferrari, had travelled to the Formula 1 champion’s house in Lake Geneva after which he said, “Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house. He does not give up and keeps fighting”. Michael Schumacher still holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins in F1 with 91 grand prix wins and seven world titles, and is the most successful driver of all time.