The Canton of Vaud University Hospital Center (CHUV), in the Swiss city of Lausanne, to which former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has been transferred, has on its staff some of the best neurosurgeons in the world.
The most celebrated these days is the Swiss Doping Analysis Laboratory, which received the mandate from FIFA to control urine and blood samples of players participating in the World Cup in Brazil, which in total will represent some 2,500 tests.
He also went to an entity under the CHUV, the Institute of Radiophysics, which was commissioned last year to analyze the personal effects of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and which concluded that he probably died of polonium poisoning.
The CHUV has, as its reputation explains, a significant budget, which amounts to 1,400 million Swiss francs (about 1,550 million dollars or 1,150 million euros), in addition to a workforce of 9,353 employees of more than a hundred nationalities.
Its reputation and advances in technology and medical research make Lausanne Hospital a place that usually receives wealthy or famous people, for whom this center always tries to guarantee the utmost discretion.
Christen confirmed that “indeed, from time to time” the CHUV receives celebrities and that “sometimes it takes a lot of work to preserve medical secrecy and respect for the private sphere of families”, something that has always been achieved anyway.
To this it contributes, he indicated, that Switzerland is an especially appropriate country to protect privacy, since even the national press shows, in general, a will to respect in this regard.
The hospital spokesperson announced that, as established by the codes of the establishment, it does not offer information about its patients without their authorization and fully complies with the principle of confidentiality.
The neurology and neurosurgery services will be linked to the recovery stage that Schumacher begins, after having come out of the coma in which he has been since the end of December and during which he remained in the Grenoble Hospital (France).
The motorsport legend, with seven Formula One world champion titles, crashed on December 29 while skiing, with his son, on an unmarked track at the Méribel station, in the French Alps, where he owns a residence. .
According to the spokesperson for the Schumacher family, the recovery phase will be “long” and begins without any details about his current state, beyond the fact that in April he began to show signs of consciousness.
It is clear, on the other hand, that those close to the former champion will try, as they have done so far, to ensure that Schumacher’s rehabilitation takes place “out of the public eye”, a will for which Switzerland and the CHUV, in particular, meet the conditions. necessary. EFE