Schumacher situation 'slightly improved'
31 December 2013 – Michael Schumacher's condition has improved over the last 24 hours, doctors have told a news conference this morning, although they have stressed they are 'unable to say he is out of danger' and he had a second operation overnight.
Schumacher sustained a serious head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday morning.
The ‘surgical intervention’ carried out late last night came after a brain scan showed a ‘slight improvement’. The operation, which took two hours, was done to reduce inter-cranial pressure and to remove a second blood clot. Another brain scan was then done this morning and this also showed a ‘slight improvement’. Despite that though, the seven-time F1 world champion remains in a ‘critical’ condition and there are no plans to bring him out of his induced coma.
“The situation is better controlled than it was yesterday. But we are unable to say he's out of danger, however we have gained a bit of time with regard to developments,” doctors said.
“But once again the coming hours are still critical hours when it comes to our treatment strategy.”
“We are still concerned and we are still worried. We cannot tell ourselves we have won,” doctors added.
“The situation is slightly better over the last 24 hours, but we must be realistic.”
Another medical update will now take place when deemed necessary.