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Michael Schumacher is "conscious", claims a nurse at the Paris hospital where the stricken F1 legend has been taken for stem cell treatment.
Schumacher, 50, was admitted to the Georges Pompidou Hospital for inflammation-reducing treatment. He suffered major head injuries in a skiing accident nearly six years ago.
Le Parisien reported that the hospital "has turned into a bunker" after Schumacher's arrival, with the driver's health a closely-guarded secret ever since his fateful fall in the French Alps.
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The paper anonymously quoted a nurse, who said: "Yes, he is in my service. And I can assure you that he is conscious."
Professor Menasche is in charge of a group of about 10 people responsible for Schumacher's care and security.
The F1 icon reportedly arrived at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in a blue and yellow ambulance registered in Geneva, surrounded by security guards, with his face and body completely covered by a blue cloth.
Schumacher has reportedly made secret trips to Paris on multiple occasions to received treatment, being admitted under a false name. It is believed that he is paralysed and unable to speak.
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With 91 Grand Prix wins in a career that lasted over 16 years, Michael Schumacher will always remain one of the most respected and revered names in Formula One racing. We take a look back at some of the key moments from his life and career.
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Michael Schumacher was born on Jan. 3, 1969, in the German town of Hürth. His father, Rolf, was a bricklayer by profession and backed his son wholeheartedly, and even took up a second job to support his racing career.
He soon proved his talent at the German junior karting championship, winning several titles in 1984 and 1985. Taking his success to the next level, Schumacher won the German and European karting titles in 1987. He then joined Formula 3 and won the German F3 championship in 1990.
Schumacher made an instant impact at Benetton, winning his first Grand Prix in Belgium in 1992 and notching up championship titles in 1994 (eight wins) and 1995 (nine wins).
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The 1997 season involved a tight fight for championship between Schumacher and Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve (R). Schumacher went into the last race with a one-point lead but ended up losing. He was also stripped of his second place for unsportsmanlike conduct for trying to knock Villeneuve out of the race at Jerez, Spain.
In 2000, Schumacher finally won a championship since joining Ferrari, winning nine races that year and making it the team’s first world title since 1979. His winning streak continued and he went on to win the next four championships as well.
He courted controversy in 2002 at the Austrian Grand Prix when Ferrari asked his teammate Rubens Barrichello, who was leading, to slow down to allow Schumacher to win the race. Fans were not impressed and even booed at the results.
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After winning the championship in 2003, Schumacher broke Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five titles to become the most successful man in Formula One history with six under his belt. He went on to win another one in 2004, taking his tally to seven.
(Pictured) Schumacher jumps in joy after winning the San Marino Grand Prix in 1999.
After relatively quieter seasons in 2005 and 2006, in which he finished third and second respectively, Schumacher bid adieu to F1, ending his career with a whopping 91 Grand Prix wins and seven drivers’ championships.
Schumacher announced his comeback in 2009 with Ferrari after injury forced Felipe Massa out. However, he ended up signing up with Mercedes team. It wasn’t an impressive return for the German racer as he failed to win a single race during his three years with them. Schumacher finally retired in 2012.
Schumacher’s success on the Formula One circuit translated into plaudits and accolades off it. He won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (pictured) twice, and in April 2002 was also named one of UNESCO's Champions for sport alongside the likes of Sergey Bubka and Pelé.
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Schumacher is known for his big heart when it comes to donating for a cause and over the years has been actively involved in various humanitarian efforts, In 2002, he became UNESCO’s special ambassador and also donated $10M toward relief aid for 2004 tsunami catastrophe in Southeast Asia.
In December 2013, Schumacher sustained severe head injuries while skiing with his son in the French Alps. He was put into an induced coma for six months before moving to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. In September 2014, he was released from the hospital and continues therapy at home. According to latest news reports, his conditions have deteriorated severely over the years. In August 2018, reports revealed that he would be moved to a lavish mansion in Majorca, Spain, which his wife purchased the month earlier.