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Slight improvement in Schumacher’s condition 31 Dec 2013

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Race Day, Indianapolis, USA, 20 June 2004 Third placed Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium.
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Michael Schumacher’s condition has improved slightly, doctors reported on Tuesday, though the seven-time world champion remains critically ill and in an induced coma following his skiing accident in France.

The improvement follows a second operation overnight to ease the pressure on Schumacher’s brain, which suffered injuries including lesions and contusions in Sunday's fall.

"The situation is more under control than yesterday but we cannot say he is out of danger," Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician told a news conference at Grenoble’s CHU hospital. "We have won some time but we must continue an hour-by-hour surveillance. It is premature to speculate on his condition.”

Monday night’s operation went ahead with the blessing of Schumacher’s family, who remain by his bedside, after scans showed unexpected improvement. The procedure involved removing a large hematoma (a build-up of blood) from the left-hand side of Schumacher's brain, easing the pressure within his skull.

The 44-year-old German hit his head after falling during a family skiing trip at the Meribel resort. He was quickly taken by helicopter to hospital in Moutiers before being moved to Grenoble, where doctors said he had suffered "a severe head injury with coma on arrival, which required neurosurgical intervention immediately."

Schumacher, an accomplished skier as well as the most successful F1 driver in history, was wearing a helmet when he suffered the accident, without which doctors said he almost certainly "wouldn't be here now".

As tributes poured in from fans, friends and fellow drivers, Schumacher’s family stated: “Following Michael's sking accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery. They are giving us great support. We all know he is a fighter and will not give up.”

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