Report: Michael Schumacher treated in secrecy in Paris hospital

A man walks past the Georges-Pompidou hospital Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Paris. Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted under great secrecy to the Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with a cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper. (Christophe Ena/AP)

PARIS — Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted under great secrecy to a Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with a cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper.

The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was admitted under tight guard Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of stem cells scheduled.

The newspaper said the 50-year-old was expected to be discharged on Wednesday and that the transfusions help reduce inflammation.

His long-time manager Sabine Kehm did not respond to emailed requests for comment.

The winner of a record 91 F1 victories during his stellar career suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps.

Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. Since September 2014, he has been cared for at home on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Le Parisien, citing sources it did not name, said Schumacher has been treated at least twice previously at the Georges-Pompidou hospital, admitted each time under a false name and treated by a small medical team.

Le Parisien published a photo of a yellow and blue ambulance with Geneva plates that it said drove Schumacher to the hospital on Monday afternoon. Inside, he was taken to a first-floor cardiovascular unit on a gurney with a dark-blue covering that hid his face and body, it said.

It said about 10 security agents, some equipped with earphones, watched over the patient.

Schumacher’s family fiercely protects his privacy. Thick forest surrounding his castle-like home with high surrounding walls provides sanctuary from fan and media intrusion.

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