Formula One legend Michael Schumacher continues to fight for his life in a French hospital bed, but his condition has improved, doctors said on Tuesday, following an operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

“He is doing better than yesterday,” one of the doctors treating him at the CHU hospital in the southeastern French city of Grenoble told a press conference on Tuesday morning.

But the medical team said it was still too early to give a prognosis. They added the next few hours would be crucial.

“We are surprised by the improvement,” one doctor said, adding that the medical team had “gained some time”.

The operation to remove a blood clot in the brain took around two hours and was carried out at 10pm on Monday, doctors said.

The German, who turns 45 in four days, hit his head on a rock in a ski accident in the French Alpine resort of Meribel on Sunday. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma and described his condition as “critical”.

Doctors have warned it is touch-and-go for the German, the greatest champion in the history of Formula One, as they wait for the full extent of his injuries to become clear.

Schumacher’s wife Corinna and children Gina Maria and Mick were by his side and a small crowd held a night vigil outside the hospital, an AFP reporter said.

A source close to the investigation into the off-piste accident at upmarket resort of Meribel told AFP that Schumacher’s helmet was smashed “in two” by the impact…. see more

source: thelocal