Inside Michael Schumacher’s ‘secret treatment’ to ‘rebuild’ F1 legend as he receives ‘£115,000 a week’ in medical treatment

MICHAEL Schumacher’s health remains a mystery – but he is believed to have undergone ‘secret’ pioneering medical treatment, in hopes he could rebuild the legendary F1 ace.

The former Ferrari and Mercedes driver is said to have received medical treatment costing up to £115,000 a week as his family, friends and pals all hope he can recover from his horrific skiing accident.

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Michael Schumacher is reportedly undergoing treatmentCredit: Getty – Contributor
His wife Corinna broke down in tears as she accepted an award honoring Michael

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His wife Corinna broke down in tears as she accepted an award honoring MichaelCredit: Splash

Schumacher’s health has been shrouded in secrecy since he suffered a catastrophic brain injury while skiing in 2013.

But it was reported that the Formula 1 champion had a team of 15 nurses and doctors providing round-the-clock care for him.

The 53-year-old was placed in an induced coma for almost six months after the accident while on the slopes with his son Mick.

It was reported after the skiing accident that he had undergone surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.

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But in June 2014, he was discharged from hospital so he could be treated at his family home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

His family were reportedly forced to sell Schumacher’s beloved private jet and holiday home in Norway – worth an estimated £25million – in a bid to cover his medical costs.

And only small trickles of information have come out since, with reports that Schumacher remains in a wheelchair and can react to things around him.

However, in 2019 it was reported that Schumacher was set to undergo breakthrough stem cell therapy in a bid to regenerate and rebuild his nervous system.

Renowned French cardiologist Dr Philippe Menasche, who had operated on him before, was to perform the treatment to transfer cells from Schumacher’s heart to his brain.

In stem cell therapy, cells are taken either from the bone marrow or the patient’s heart and injected into other parts of the body to repair damaged tissue.

Italian neurosurgeon Dr Nicola Acciari said at the time that the legendary pilot suffered from muscle degeneration and osteoporosis due to being bedridden for so many years.

She said: “The goal is to regenerate Michael’s nervous system.”

French journalist Jean-Michel Décugis told The Times that stem cell therapy will have an “anti-inflammatory effect” which will most likely impact the brain.

He said: “Our sources say that Michael Schumacher is receiving stem cell infusions which…produce a systemic anti-inflammatory effect.

“That is to say, they reach the whole body and you could imagine that they reach the brain of Michael Schumacher.

“It’s quite mysterious. Officially [Menasché] only acts on the heart.

“He experiments with [secretome] which is made by a lab from new stem cells and injected into veins, so far only in animals.”

NO MIRACLES

Mr Décugis also claims that Schumacher is injected with a secretome – a protein found in the human body – which he says Menasche calls “stem cell juice”.

Dr Menasche, however, warned fans that he “doesn’t work miracles” after the sports star’s first widely publicized stem cell therapy in October 2018.

He also slammed claims he was conducting ‘experiments’ on the legendary racing driver.

And in September 2019, he said details of Schumacher’s treatment would remain “secret” for reasons of medical confidentiality.

After treatment at Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, France, he was reportedly “conscious”, although few other details were given of his condition.

And years since he reportedly underwent the treatment, there have been no concrete updates – amid reports the Schumacher family are looking to spend the winter months at a new property in Mallorca.

In 2020, his former boss and close friend Jean Todt revealed that Schuey was receiving suitable treatment to help him “get back to a more normal life”.

Todt, who has overseen five of Schumacher’s seven titles as Ferrari team boss, is one of the few visitors allowed to see him at home.

“I am very discreet on this subject,” he told Ouest France. “We all know that Michael had a very serious accident and, unfortunately, it had significant consequences for him.

“He has since been treated so that he can return to a more normal life.”

Schumacher reportedly underwent pioneering stem cell therapy in Paris

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Schumacher reportedly underwent pioneering stem cell therapy in ParisCredit: AFP
His condition is still unknown, nearly nine years after his tragic accident

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His condition is still unknown, nearly nine years after his tragic accidentCredit: EPA

Last month Schuey’s wife Corinna broke down in tears – and she previously admitted the F1 hero “is different now”.

As she accepted the North Rhine-Westphalia state prize on behalf of her distressed husband, she became emotional as she commented on her husband’s condition.

And speaking on the Netflix documentary Schumacher, she said: “I miss Michael every day.

“But it’s not just me that he misses, it’s the kids, his dad, everyone around him.”

Although she admitted he was “different”, she insisted that “he is there and it gives us strength”.

Corinna also offered a brief glimpse into their home life.

She said: “We are together. We live together at home. We do therapy.

“We’re doing everything we can to improve Michael and make sure he’s comfortable. And just to make him feel like our family, our connection.”

Former boss Ross Brawn told the Guardian in 2016 that he still visits his friend regularly.

“Michael was such a strong character and throughout his racing career he only suffered a broken leg,” he said. “The irony that this happened during a quieter life was terrible.”

He continued: “We are going to see him and hope and pray that one day he will recover. I was quoted as saying he was improving and that wasn’t really what I meant. The family is recovering in private and I have to respect that.

“So I don’t want to comment on his condition beyond saying that we really hope to see Michael as we knew him at some point in the future.”

Speaking just before his 50th birthday, she reassured his followers that he was in “good hands” and that the family were doing “everything humanly possible to help him”.

Todt also told Radio Monte-Carlo in 2019 that he had watched F1 races with the legendary driver on TV.

“I’m always cautious with such statements, but it’s true. I saw the race with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland.”

He suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013

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He suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013Credit: AFP

Meanwhile, sources – described as “close relatives” – claimed to French magazine Paris Match in 2018 that Schumacher cried when he saw the natural beauty.

They said: “When you put him in his wheelchair facing the beautiful mountain panorama overlooking the lake, Michael sometimes cries.”

Michael is one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, dominating the sport in the early 2000s after rising to power in the 90s.

He raced from 1991 to 2006 and then from 2010 to 2012 – a second act in his career which saw him instrumental in creating Lewis Hamilton’s dominant Mercedes team.

The German has won five world championships with Ferrari and two for Benetton.

Schumacher retired in 2012, but just a year later was involved in a life-changing skiing accident while on the slopes with Mick.

And meanwhile Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber has accused the star’s family of lying about his condition.

The 80-year-old said he was still “angry” that the brood had not updated him on the F1 icon’s health since his skiing accident nine years ago.

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He took jabs at Corinna and Jean Todt, saying, “They kept me away, telling me it’s too early, well now it’s too late.”

Weber first understood the need for secrecy on the part of the Schumacher family but that since his release from the hospital, “we have heard nothing but lies from them”.

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