Michael Schumacher ‘following’ son’s rise to Formula One from his bed, says FIA president

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The racing icon suffered devastating brain injuries while skiing seven years ago in the French Alps and his condition continues to be closely guarded by his family. But the FIA president has said he is following his son’s career from his bed.

Schumacher’s son, Mick, is currently competing in FIA Formula 2 but is tipped to follow his father’s footsteps by moving up to Formula 1 with Haas next year.

When asked whether Mr Schumacher is able to follow his son’s progress, Mr Todt told RTL France: “Of course he is following him.

“Mick is probably going to race in Formula 1 next year which will be a great challenge.

“We would be delighted to have a new Schumacher at the highest level of motor racing.”

Mr Todt – who often visits his close friend during his recovery – remained coy when asked about his condition.

He said: “This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved.

“I see Michael very often – once or twice a month.

“My answer is the same all the time – he fights.

“He is very well cared for and in a place that is very comfortable.

“We can only wish for him and his family that things get better.”

Back in June, the seven-time champion underwent stem cell therapy to help regenerate his nervous system.

He was treated by Professor Philippe Menasché, a world-renowned medical pioneer specialising in stem cell research at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk last month, Dr Menasché 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.”

He went on to say the treatment is not likely to cause any long term side effects.

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.”

On December 29, 2013, Schumacher is understood to have hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son, Mick, who was 14 at the time.

He was airlifted to hospital for two operations after his ski helmet saved his life.

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

Schumacher reportedly gained consciousness by June and was transferred to a hospital for rehab.

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

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