Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Michael Schumacher health: Rare update on F1 legend – ‘Minimal consciousness’ | World | News

A nurse working at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, where Schumacher underwent the operation, told Le Parisien the seven-time Formula One world champion was conscious. The rare update initially raised F1 fans’ hopes their hero was making positive steps in his recovery from a catastrophic head injury.

But neurological expert Matilde Leonardi, director of the Coma Research Centre at the Besta Neurological Institute in Milan, gave a more measured view of Schumacher’s likely condition.

She said: “In reality, and from what we know no one has ever said the opposite, there is confusion between the vegetative state and the state of minimum consciousness.

“Patients in Schumacher’s condition open their eyes, they can turn their head when you call them, they can move their thumbs in response to a question and they can cry at the end of a story.”

Le Parisien said Schumacher was admitted to the Georges-Pompidou hospital on Monday under the care of cardiovascular surgeon Philippe Menasché, who has been described as a “pioneer in cell surgery”.

The newspaper said the 50-year-old German was due to receive an anti-inflammatory stem cell perfusion but the treatment is shrouded in secrecy.

The motorsport legend’s entourage has issued no comment on the reports and the hospital has made no statement about his presence or health.

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His family rarely speak in public about his health but last month his wife Corinna gave a rare update.

She said: “Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”

Schumacher fans are eagerly awaiting for the release of a new documentary later this year, celebrating the life of one of motorsport’s most enduring stars.

It will be the first time family members have given in-depth interviews since the accident.

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