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Formula 1: Schumacher scan shows 'slight improvement' after 2nd surgery

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Doctors treating seven-time World Champion Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher gave a second press conference on Tuesday, December 31, where they indicated they had conducted a second operation on the German's brain overnight. A new scan, they said, indicated "slight improvement;" however, the racer is still listed in critical condition, and the medical team still cannot predict what the outcome of treatment will be.

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According to a video translation provided by the BBC, Grenoble Hospital Director, Jacqueline Hubert, said at the news conference, "Late in the night, a new brain scan was carried out after a temporary improvement in the situation. This allowed the family to be offered the chance of a new operation to evacuate a haematoma in order to diminish the intracranial pressure."

"The operation took place overnight," Hubert continued. "A new scan was carried out this morning and the radiological signs are of a slight improvement."

According to the "Independent," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, chief anaethesiologist, commented that the scan showed the operation was a "success" and that the former racer's condition "is now under better control."

Caution is still expressed all around by the medical staff on the champion's case, however. They are still unable to predict whether he will survive; whether he will be impaired; or whether he will recover completely.

According to the BBC, Dr. Payen also said, "We can't say he is out of danger but... we have gained a bit of time. The coming hours are crucial. All the family is very much aware that his state is still sensitive and anything can happen."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is writing a new book about racers and racing.

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