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'Slight improvement' in Schumacher's condition after two-hour operation

The operation removed the largest blood clot that was visible in Schumacher’s brain but doctors cautioned that he remains “in danger”.

Professor Jean-Francois Payen, left, as two other doctors look on during a press conference at the Grenoble hospital.
Professor Jean-Francois Payen, left, as two other doctors look on during a press conference at the Grenoble hospital.
Image: AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’S CONDITION  has “improved slightly” according to doctors after a second “surgical intervention” on the former Formula One champion.

The operation was carried out after 10pm local-time last night after consultation between doctors at the Grenoble hospital and Schumacher’s family who remain at his bedside.

The two-hour procedure was carried out after doctors identified an “opportunity” to remove a blood clot in Schumacher’s brain.

The clot that was removed was described as the largest such hematoma but doctors stressed that there are more that are not accessible.

Following the operation a scan was carried out and the encouraging results were described by the chief doctor Professor Jean-Francois Payen at a press conference this morning as “unexpected”.

Payen says that there are “a few signs to believe that the situation is better controlled than it was yesterday”.

Despite this, the doctors cautioned that there are “unable to say that he is out of danger”.

We’re still concerned and we’re still worried, we cant say yet that we’ve won. We must be realistic, the family is aware of the situation, he is still in intensive care.

Schumacher’s condition is still being described as “critical” but Payen said that it was “not the same as yesterday”.

Doctors say that they will not be giving daily updates on Schumacher’s condition and will only be having another press conference if there is an update to give as was the case today.

Read: Schumacher is ‘fighting for his life’ with doctors refusing to speculate on his future >

Read: Michael Schumacher’s old foe Damon Hill ‘praying’ for stricken F1 star >

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