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'Slight improvement' in Schumacher’s condition

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French doctors said Tuesday they carried out a second surgery on former Formula One star Michael Schumacher overnight and that there were signs of a 'slight improvement' in his condition.

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Doctors have been battling to treat the life-threatening injuries racing icon Schumacher sustained during a skiing accident on Sunday.

“The situation is more under control than yesterday, but we cannot say that he is out of danger,” Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthesiologist told a news conference at a hospital in the eastern city of Grenoble where the German F1 legend is being treated.

“We have won some time but we must continue an hour-by-hour surveillance,” Payen added.

Schumacher, 44, is in a medically-induced coma to limit the impact of his head injuries on his brain.

The coma reduces the patient's temperature to around 35 degrees Celsius to reduce swelling.

Coming hours "crucial"

Doctors said the patient was showing “surprising” signs of improvement, but that lesions remained and that the coming hours would prove “crucial”.

A transfer to a different medical centre was a “dangerous” risk, doctors also warned.

Schumacher had been skiing off-piste with his 14-year-old son in the upmarket Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock at around 11am on Sunday, prompting an emergency evacuation by helicopter.

He was wearing a helmet and was conscious after the accident, according to the Meribel ski resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

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