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Michael Schumacher: What happens to a Formula One legend six years after a fatal accident

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From the tragic moment when seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was badly hit by skiing at Meribel in France, six years have passed, but information about his medical condition is still scarce or scarce.

Michael Schumacher went 2013 with his then 14 son Mick and friends to ski in Meribel in the French Alps. At one point, Michael saw that his friend's daughter needed help and drove to an unmarked area between the two lanes. At the time, Michael slipped, hit his head against a rock, and suffered serious brain damage through bleeding despite wearing a helmet. Subsequent reconstruction of the event revealed that Schumacher did not ski at high speed in the fall, but if he did not wear a helmet he would probably have died at the ski resort.

In September, the German was brought in strict secrecy to Paris, where, according to French media reports, he was given special cell therapy under the guidance of renowned surgeon Philipp Menasch in the cardiovascular department of Georges-Pompidou Hospital, described in France as a pioneer of cell surgery in preventing heart failure.

When Schumacher arrived in Paris, some information about his medical condition was disclosed to the media by one of the staff at the hospital where the legendary racer was treated:

“Michael is in my ward and I can claim to be 'friendly' and aware of his surroundings.”

Former Schumacher boss at Ferrari and FIE President Jean Todt were outraged by the staff's behavior:

“I do not understand how someone bound by medical ethics can release confidential information. I hope they find out the source as soon as possible. I understand the desire of all fans to find out about Michael, but this is a matter for the Schumacher family and their privacy must be respected. ”

After rumors of experimental treatment raised optimism with Schumacher supporters, French physician Professor Michel Puceat expressed doubts about the effectiveness of this method. A prominent surgeon close to the team that treated Schumacher thinks Schumacher arrived in Paris for heart problems.

Puceat told La Gazzetta dello Sport:

“Without a clinical picture, it is difficult to judge what kind of therapy Schumacher is receiving, but given the place where he was transported and the team that is not healthy, it is not brain therapy. To my knowledge, studies to confirm this type of therapy do not exist, as such cells are irreversibly dead. He is more likely to be treated for inflammation of other organs than the heart. “

After much speculation, German surgeon Menasche also spoke publicly, in an interview with La Repubblica, denying that Schumacher received experimental treatment.

“I do no miracles. We do not perform any experiments with my team as this is in complete contradiction with my principles and my vision of remedy. In recent weeks, my department has received a real blast of media attention, but now everything has calmed down a bit. A lot of people are looking for me and I have to explain to them that I am not doing any experimental treatments. Cell therapy has advanced a lot in recent years, but the truth is that we still know very little. “

Guesses about Schumacher's medical condition were then commented on by the director of the Milan Neurological Institute and a member of the Italian Neurological Society, Matilde Leonardi, who thinks that Schumacher is in a state of t.i. Of the “minimum consciousness”.

“According to the facts we know, there is a difference between 'vegetative' and 'minimal consciousness'. Patients who are in Schumacher's condition can open their eyes, turn their heads when someone calls them, move their fingers and cry when asked. “

When asked whether the decision to treat Schumacher with cell therapy was the correct decision, Leonardi answered.

“There is currently no scientific evidence to suggest the existence and effectiveness of such treatment in patients in a state of minimal consciousness.”

While former Schumacher Ferrari boss Jean Todt has revealed that he has repeatedly visited the German himself, the Schumacher family is said to have rejected his longtime manager, Willie Weber.

Weber told Kolner Specific:

“I know Michael was badly injured in the accident, but unfortunately I don't know much about what happened to him afterwards. I want to know how he goes, visit him and shake his hand, but unfortunately Corinna won't let me. He is probably afraid that I will find out the truth immediately and then reveal it to the media. I still believe in his recovery. I know he is a great fighter who will take every minute of the opportunity. It doesn't have to be extra. “