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Michael Schumacher showing signs of improvement, say doctors

Grenoble, Jan 1 (): French doctors treating Michael Schumacher for his life-threatening brain injuries sustained in a ski fall said the seven-times Formula One World Champion has undergone a second operation on Monday night and was in a slightly better condition on Tuesday. But, they warned he is “not out of danger.”

Doctors attending him said there had been a “slight improvement” in his condition and that they had “gained some time” by performing a successful second operation on Monday night. This second operation follows the operation he had on Sunday to remove part of his skull, a craniotomy. Surgeons said the coming hours are “critical hours”.

The former racing driver is still in coma after he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on Sunday. His family is near him at the hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble.

Doctors treating him at the hospital said his condition had steadied enough by late Monday to carry out a new operation to treat the effects of internal bleeding within Schumacher’s skull.

They added the surgical intervention allowed them to control the situation and on Tuesday morning his condition was slightly better than Monday. But, they said at the intensive care, things can go well and bad very quickly.

Doctors said they could not tell themselves that they had won. The situation was slightly better over the last 24 hours, but they should be realistic. The treatments were not reduced and they still have some other treatments to do.

Schumacher’s wife Corinne and children Gina Maria and Mick were by his side and reports say a small crowd held a night vigil outside the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble.

In a statement, Schumacher’s family expressed their thanks to the doctors who they said were doing “all possible attempts to save Michael and to all well-wishers around the world.