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Schumacher's condition has 'slightly improved'

Michael Schumacher's condition has slightly "improved", according to a press conference this morning.

The German Formula One star is fighting for his life after suffering head injuries during a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday morning.

He's been put into a medically-induced coma at a Grenoble hospital, where his wife Corinna, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick are staying with him.

During a press conference this morning, an update on his condition was given and it was revealed a two hour operation to reduce the haematoma on his brain had been performed.

"A new brain scan was carried out, and we could see there was a slight improvement in the situation," doctors said at the conference.

"The scan allowed us to suggest to the family that we'd have a new surgical intervention to reduce the haematoma and that surgical intervention took place overnight. A new scan was carried out this morning; it shows slight improvements, slight radiological improvements."

Michael's manager, Sabine Kehm, recently spoke about how the 44-year-old's loved ones are coping.

"The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked," she told reporters.

The medically-induced coma is hoped to relieve pressure on the motor-racing champion's brain.

Michael was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

Without it, Professor Jean-Francois Payen of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said he "wouldn't be here now".

"He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation. We are working hour by hour," Professor Payen added.

Michael had been skiing off-piste with his son in the Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

He was initially taken to a facility in Moutiers, but the moved to the Grenoble hospital.

Former British Formula One driver David Coulthard has spoken about Michael in a column for British newspaper the Daily Telegraph this morning.

"The awful thing is that so often it takes something like this before we say what we truly feel about someone," David wrote.

"I hope that in this instance, with Michael having received such swift medical attention, and given the fact that he continues to receive the very best treatment possible, he is going to emerge victorious once again. And when he does he is going to realise in what esteem he is held."

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