Michael Schumacher’s doctor uses F1 legend’s treatment for crucial COVID remedy

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Professor Philippe Menasché explained this stem-cell treatment is being developed to help treat coronavirus pneumonia. The medical pioneer used stem cell research to treat Schumacher at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris, back in June. His method includes grafting healthy stem cells on to a patient’s heart to replaced damaged ones.

Dr Menasché said this treatment could also be used to help reduce coronavirus’ inflammatory response in the body, which can be fatal.

He told Express.co.uk: “Covid causes a major inflammatory response, which can lead to death.

“The cells have strong tissue and reduce this inflammatory response.

“It is a logical approach to testing.”

Dr Menasché added the treatment is unlikely to cause any long term side effects, as it is “very safe.

He said: “There has been a recent study of 2,000 patients who received the treatment for a variety of diseases.

“There were no side effects and the treatment did not trigger a reaction.
“This means it is very safe.”

He also explained why the stem-cell treatment was useful for Schumacher’s recovery.

He said: “This is not a miracle treatment but there is pretty sound rationale behind it, so it is worth ethically testing with stem-cells.

“The cells used in the treatment are narrow, very robust and have anti-inflammatory properties.

“These can rescue damaged cells, caused by brain injuries, as their robustness helps with tissue protection.”

Dr Menasché is reported to have first used his treatment on Schumacher last September.

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The racing hero has battled a life-changing injury since 2013.

Back in December 2013, Schumacher is understood to have hit his head on a rock while skiing.

He was reportedly crossing an unsecured off-piste area with his son Mick, who was 14-years-old at the time.

They were going down the Combe de Saulire above Meribel in the French Alps.

Schumacher was airlifted to hospital for two operations.

He was then placed in a medically induced coma for six months.

He then started displaying “moments of consciousness” and was taken out of the coma as doctors reported “small encouraging signs”.

After regaining consciousness by June, Schumacher was transferred to a hospital for rehab.

By September of that year, Schumacher was able to go home so he could recover in private.

He has not been seen in public since his accident.

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