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Small improvement for Michael Schumacher after 2nd surgery, doctors say

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher say the Formula 1 champion is showing small signs of improvement in a brain scan after undergoing a second operation for brain injuries he suffered during a ski accident.

Schumacher was skiing with his son when he fell and struck a rock Sunday in the French Alps.

"We can't say he is out of danger but ... we have gained a bit of time," said Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit. "The coming hours are crucial."

Payen said Schumacher underwent surgery overnight — his second since the fall on Sunday — and a brain scan Tuesday showed minor improvement. But doctors say the retired seven-time champion still has brain lesions.

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