Michael Schumacher’s Condition Improves, but ‘Remains Fragile’

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Jiri Krenek/isifa/Getty Images(LONDON) — Michael Schumacher’s condition has slightly improved, doctors say, but the retired Formula One driver remains in critical condition and is not out of danger.

After two hours of surgery Monday night to treat intracranial pressure, a brain scan Tuesday morning revealed a “slight improvement” and the “situation is better controlled,” Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, chief anesthesiologist at Grenoble University Hospital in France, said Tuesday at a news conference.

“Compared to yesterday, the situation has improved, but it remains fragile and critical,” Payen said. “We can’t say that he is out of danger. The surgery bought us more time. The situation can improve as well as worsen.”

Schumacher was skiing with his son when he fell and struck a rock Sunday in the French Alps.

Schumacher, 44, is still being kept in an artificially induced coma and doctors say it’s still impossible to tell what his condition will be when, and if, he awakens.

Doctors say they removed a hematoma in the brain during Monday night’s operation, but there are other lesions in the brain that need to be monitored.

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