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F1 legend Michael Schumacher is reportedly conscious after receiving 'stem-cell' treatment in a hospital in France on Friday, nearly six years after the skiing accident that left him in a coma.
The German was taken to a Paris hospital on Monday where he reportedly received stem cell treatment. A nurse at the Georges-Pompidou hospital told French newspaper Le Parisien, "Yes he is in my service, and I can assure you that he is conscious."
The French paper says that Schumacher was treated by stem-cell expert Professor Philippe Ménasché and it's the second time the German has been to the hospital to have the treatment.
Seven time F1 champion Schumacher retired from racing for a second time at the end of the 2012 season and just over a year later had a near fatal accident whilst skiing in Meribel in the French Alps.
He was later induced into a coma whilst in hospital, after doctors said he would have died had he not been wearing a helmet whilst skiing, before being taken out of the coma.
The German was moved back to his house in Switzerland in 2014 and has been receiving care ever since, with his family reporting few details about his health.
In a rare statement earlier in the year to celebrate his 50th birthday the former driver's family said, "We are very happy to celebrate Michael's 50th birthday tomorrow together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together.
"...We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.
"You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him."
Schumacher still holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins in F1 with 91, with Lewis Hamilton in second place with 81, and is the most successful driver of all time.
He won two world driver championships with Benetton before moving to Ferrari to win their first drivers title in 21 years, going on to win five times in-a-row for the Scuderia.
In October 2006 he announced his retirement from driving at the end of that year's championship before returning for the 2010 championships with Mercedes, he managed just one podium in three years, before retiring again in 2012.
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