Michael Schumacher's Condition Improves, but 'Remains Fragile'

PHOTO: Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany speeds down a course in the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort, in the Italian Alps on Jan. 12, 2006.
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Doctors treating retired Formula One driver Michael Schumacher say there has been a slight improvement in his condition after a second operation, but he remains in critical condition and is not out of danger.

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

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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.

"We cannot tell you any more on the future," said Dr. Gerard Saillant, a surgeon and friend of the family.

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.

Schumacher, one of the most successful drivers in Formula One history, won seven drivers' championships and 91 race wins. After initial success with the Benetton team, Schumacher moved to Ferrari and helped turn the Italian team into the sport's dominant force.

After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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