Formula One great Michael Schumacher will undergo stem cell surgery within the coming days, reports suggest.
Formula One great Michael Schumacher is set to undergo stem cell surgery by a world renowned doctor in an effort to regenerate his nervous system.
Schumacher suffered a devastating skiing accident six-and-a-half years ago in 2013 and his physical condition has been kept closely guarded by those around him. He was in a coma for six months after the head injury suffered whilst skiing off-piste in the popular resort of Meribel in the Alps.
According to Italian media reports, the operation will be performed by French professor and cardiologist Dr Philippe Menasche in the coming days.
Schumacher, now 51, will have damaged cells replaced with healthy cells harvested from bone marrow or blood.
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Menasche is understood to have performed on Schumacher last September.
Italian publication Contro Copertina reported the seven-time world champion is suffering from being bed-ridden for so long with his muscles wasting away and his bones becoming weak.
The latest operation is part of an ongoing series of them, and they are ‘part experimental’.
Menasche previously slammed reports he is using “experimental” treatment on the former Formula One superstar.
“I do not perform miracles. My team and I are not doing an experiment – an abominable term that is not in line with a serious medical view,” Menasche told Italian newspaper La Republica last year.
Dr Nicola Acciari, a leading neurosurgeon, described that Schumacher was suffering from osteoporosis and muscle atrophy, due to him being unable to move.
He said: “The goal is to regenerate Michael’s nervous system.”