Stricken F1 icon Michael Schumacher 'conscious', nurse claims in new report

Stricken F1 icon Michael Schumacher 'conscious', nurse claims in new report

Little has been seen or revealed about the seven-time Formula One champion's condition since his skiing accident in the French Alps nearly six years ago.

Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher "is conscious" after undergoing stem-cell treatment at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, French daily Le Parisien reported on Wednesday citing its source.

Schumacher is reportedly in the care of Professor Philippe Menasche, a cardiac surgeon who is the director of the director of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.

"I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland", Todt said. "And I can assure you that he is conscious", the nurse told the French newspaper.

Since the accident, the Schumacher family has kept his health status shrouded in secrecy which has fuelled much speculation on his condition.

Georges-Pompidou hospital where Michael Schumacher is undergoing cell therapy surgery.

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Following the near-fatal injury in December 2013, Schumacher was placed in a drug-induced coma from which medics gradually withdrew him after he displayed "moments of consciousness".

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.

When he turned 50, his family issued a statement saying they are "doing everything humanely possible" and "that he is in the very best of hands".

Schumacher was taken to a cardiovascular ward on a gurney with a covering that hid his body and face, the Daily Mail reported.

Stem cell treatment is often sought out by the families of individuals who have undergone a traumatic brain injury as a way to restore neuroplasticity and help to promote the fix of otherwise permanent damage.

Schumacher's management declined Yahoo Sports' request for comment.

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