icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher set for further stem cell surgery aimed at 'regenerating central nervous system' - reports

Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher set for further stem cell surgery aimed at 'regenerating central nervous system' - reports
Little has been made public about the condition of Michael Schumacher following a skiing accident more than six years ago but the seven-time Formula 1 champion is said to be undergoing corrective surgery, per reports from Italy.

The report, which originated in Italian publication Contro Copertina, states that Schumacher, 51, will undergo stem cell surgery aimed a regenerating his central nervous system from renowned surgeon Philippe Menasche.

This follows reports from last September that stated Schumacher was treated in a Paris hospital by the same surgeon, who has been described as a pioneer in that field of medicine. 

Also on rt.com 'In the very best of hands': Michael Schumacher's family issue rare update on F1 legend

Stem cell treatment involves replacing damaged cells with healthy ones sourced from bone marrow and blood. The treatment comes six-and-a-half years after Schumacher was badly injured in an off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps. 

He suffered a severe brain injury in the crash and was reported to have emerged from a coma six months later.

The report from Contro Copertina also says that Schumacher is suffering from muscle atrophy and osteoporosis due to the effects of being bed-ridden for several years.

There has been significant media scrutiny about Schumacher's health in the years that followed the accident, but his family has so far resisted giving a detailed account of the status of his health.

Felipe Massa, briefly a teammate of Schumacher's at Ferrari, revealed last month that he has visited the German driver and later described his situation as "not easy".

Also on rt.com F1 icon Michael Schumacher receiving stem cell treatment in Paris hospital – reports

"I know how he (Schumacher) is, I have information. My relationship with him has always been very close," he said to Fox Brazil. 

"It is less close with his wife Corinna because she did not go to many races. But I think the main thing about all this is that we know that his situation is not easy. He is in a difficult phase but we need to respect him and the family.

“They do not like to divulge any information, so who am I to do that? I dream and pray every day that he gets better and that he can appear at a circuit again, especially now that his son is racing.

“So I pray that it may happen one day.” 

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.