Doctors say that Michael Schumacher’s condition has improved slightly in the last day and were able to perform another surgery to help relive the swelling in his brain, according to reports.
This may be the most difficult challenge of his entire life, and it appears he is fighting for it. The whole racing community is on edge waiting for any news to come from his doctors but there has been little positive information from them to report. He was wearing his helmet, and that at least has given him a chance to survive. And he is in terrific health, as he was always one of the most fit drivers on the grid, which should help him in his recovery.
According to an ABC News report, after his surgery Monday night to treat intracranial pressure, a brain scan this morning revealed a “slight improvement” and the “situation is better controlled,” Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, chief anesthesiologist at Grenoble University Hospital in France, said today at a news conference.
“Compared to yesterday, the situation has improved, but it remains fragile and critical,” Payen said. “We can’t say that he is out of danger. The surgery bought us more time. The situation can improve as well as worsen.”
Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He holds many of Formula One’s driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004. In 2002 he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”
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