Published Tuesday, 31 December 2013
The emergency department at Grenoble, in the French Alps. (© Getty)
The 44-year-old remains in a critical condition in intensive care at the University Hospital of Grenoble with serious head injuries.
He hit his head on a rock in a skiing accident in the resort of Meribel on Sunday.
However, the medical team were able to perform surgery on Monday night which released some of the pressure on Schumacher's brain and removed a dangerous haematoma.
Doctors said on Monday that the accident would certainly have killed Schumacher if he had not been wearing a helmet.
The surgeons admitted to being "surprised" at the improvement in Schumacher's condition, with a scan on Monday afternoon giving them the go-ahead to perform a procedure they had not expected to be able to safely execute.
Jacqueline Hubert, director general of the hospital, said: "Late on (Monday) evening a new brain scan was carried out and there was a slight improvement."
"The scan allowed us to suggest we could have a new intervention (on the brain) and that took place overnight. A new scan was carried out this morning and this shows slight improvement."
While Schumacher's condition had improved, the doctors admitted they could not yet say that he was out of danger and that the coming hours and days were still crucial.
"But once again, the coming hours are still critical hours with regards to our treatment strategy. In intensive care things can go well or badly very quickly. We're just gaining a bit of time," they said.
Doctors also confirmed that Schumacher remains in a medically-induced coma and that there is no way to predict his future condition.
"He still remains in a coma and for the moment there is absolutely no question of evaluating him from a neurological point of view and seeing how he will be when he wakes up," they said.
"At the moment we still have some other problems, some other treatments that have to remain.
"He is in a state of hypothermia and he's kept in an artificial coma. How long could that last? It will last the time that we judge to be necessary."
It was also confirmed that he will remain in Grenoble for the foreseeable future while he continues to be treated.
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