Schumacher shows signs of recovery as fight to save life of racing legend goes on

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FORMULA One champion Michael Schumacher was last night continuing his fight for life after showing signs of recovery from the severe head injuries after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

The 44-year-old’s spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that he is continuing to recover and is now “stable”, although doctors have refused to speculate on Schumacher’s prognosis.

He underwent another operation overnight on Monday and a new scan carried out on Tuesday morning revealed that there had been a slight improvement in the 44-year-old motor racing legend’s condition.

But medical experts have confirmed that “dangers are still there” for the champion driver and refused to be drawn on his prognosis.

In a brief statement yesterday, Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said: “Michael’s condition has been supervised all night and has remained stable, overnight and also now.

“The good news for today is that we do not feel it necessary to hold a press conference because there are no significant changes.”

The racing driver fell while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France on Sunday, splitting his helmet on impact and resulting in a near-fatal head injury.

Rescuers were on hand within minutes and he was initially conscious after the accident before deteriorating into a critical condition.

He was airlifted to Grenoble hospital, where neurosurgeons have operated twice to remove blood clots on the brain and reduce swelling.

Doctors have said the impact caused numerous brain injuries including intracranial hematomas – multiple blood clots – bilateral lesions and bruising of the brain.

An initial operation carried out on Sunday to reduce swelling was followed by the second surgery to remove the largest of a number of clots in his brain.

Schumacher has received an outpouring of support from the racing world, with former and current stars urging him to pull through.

German chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “extremely shocked along with millions of Germans” to learn of the accident.

Schumacher retired from Formula One for the final time in 2012 after a three-season comeback with Mercedes.

The motor racing legend, who also drove for Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari, won the last of his world titles in 2004. He won two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari and winning five in a row from 2000. The German has 91 career wins.

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