Auto racing great Schumacher shows signs of improvement

Dec. 31, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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GRENOBLE, France, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher's condition improved Tuesday after he had a second operation following a skiing accident in France, doctors said.

Schumacher remained in a medically induced coma and was listed in critical condition at a hospital in Grenoble, France, after he sustained head injuries after slamming into a rock while skiing in the French Alps Sunday, Radio France Internationale reported Tuesday.

"We are surprised by the improvement," one of Schumacher's doctors said during a news briefing.

After doctors first operated on Schumacher, they put him in a coma to help alleviate pressure.

Police investigating the circumstances of his fall said the German auto racer was wearing a helmet and no one else was involved when he fell.

The 44-year-old German, who retired from the circuit for a second time in 2012, won the Formula One championship seven times in his storied racing career.

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