Michael Schumacher ‘in Paris hospital for secret treatment’

Formula One legend champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a hospital in the French capital for “secret treatment”, according to a report.

The German seven-times world champion suffered serious head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps and has not been seen in public since.

Le Parisien newspaper said Schumacher was admitted under tight guard on Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital, without citing its sources.

The French publication said the 50-year-old would undergo cutting-edge treatment based on stem-cell transfusion by French surgeon Philippe Menasche. The treatment was scheduled to be administered on Tuesday, it added.

The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the newspaper’s report. There was no comment either by Schumacher’s long-time manager, Sabine Kehn.

Citing sources it did not name, Le Parisien 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.

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