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''Situation better controlled but still critical'' for Michael Schumacher

Doctors from the hospital in France, officially commented on the state of health of Michael Schumacher this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Following a second operation during the night to treat head injuries, the medical condition of Michael Schumacher is slightly better today.

Extracts fromstatementsof medical people:

"Very late in the evening (Monday) another brain scan was carried out and we could see a slight improvement and allowed us to tell the family that we would be able to have another surgical intervention to reduce the hematoma and that surgical intervention took place overnight. A new scan was carried out this morning (Tuesday) and it shows slight improvements, slight radiological improvements," said Grenoble Hospital Director General Jacqueline Hubert.

"At the end of yesterday afternoon we had an improvement of intracranial pressure and we were able to carry out a scan without taking any kind on unnecessary risk,” head anaesthetician Professor Jean-Francois Payen told a news conference.

"That scan showed a few signs that were relatively stable and I would like to underline that – in other words we had no sign that there was a worsening on of the initial legions. At that moment, talking to our neurological surgeons, taking into consideration his state had slightly improved, we suggested we would carry out a surgical intervention that had not been originally envisioned but that allowed us in the evening to treat in a more efficient fashion and in a more radical fashion to try and eliminate this intracranial pressure.

"This was carried out during the night with relatively good efficiency which allowed his this morning to look at new images and we were able to see that this hematoma had been evacuated in a very correct and very satisfactory fashion and we now have a few signs that currently can allow us to feel that it is better controlled than it was yesterday (Monday)."

“The situation is better controlled than it was yesterday, but we are unable to say that he is out of danger, however, we now have slightly more, we have gained a bit of time, with regard to development, but once again the coming hours are still critical,” he said.

Professor Payen confirmed that the medical team intended to keep Schumacher in an induced coma to facilitate further treatment.

Chief neurologist professor Emmanuel Gay, who carried out the two hour operation operation on Monday night, said: "This was not the hematoma that had been removed the night before, this was a hematoma that was actually in the brain itself, but all the parameters last night allowed us to eliminate it and therefore together we decided to do so and at the same time to reduce intracranial pressure."

"On the control scan that was carried out this morning the levels of intracranial pressure have improved, but the scan does show there are other legions on other parts of the brain and those legions are going to be supervised and followed up of course. We can’t for the moment envisage much more – we are just going to be regularly supervising the situation on an hourly basis and that is all we can say today (Tuesday)."

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