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2014-01-07 07:18

ANTOINE AGASSE

WHEN WILL HE COME OUT? The entrance to the emergency section of the Grenoble hospital where German F1 racing legend Michael Schumacher is still in an induced coma - but apparently 'slightly improved'. Image: AFP

GRENOBLE, France - There's been "a slight improvement" in Michael Schumacher's condition, a source close to the brain-damaged F1 legend has said.

He fell eight days earlier on a French ski slope, cracking his helmet-protected head on an exposed off-piste rock. His injury and brain-swelling was initially regarded as life-threatening.

However Schumacher remains in "critical" in hospital where he has been in an induced coma since the fall on December 29 near the French ski resort of Meribel, where he owns a chalet.

SPEED UNDER SCRUTINY

The source told the German sports new agency SID: "small signs of improvement" were giving his family hope that he will recover.

French prosecutors will on Wednesday (Jan 8 2014) at midday South African time in the Alpine town of Albertville.brief journalists on their investigation into Schumacher's fall.

Investigators are focusing on the retired racer's speed when he fell and whether the limits of the ski runs adjacent to the accident site were correctly marked and whether the rock should have been marked.

They are also examining whether the safety releases on Schumacher's skis operated properly in a probe aimed at determining responsibility for the accident.

The investigators are hoping that a helmet-mounted camera Schumacher was wearing will provide some clues, as will video taken by a 35-year-old German steward who says he was filming his girlfriend on the slopes when by chance he captured the moment when Schumacher fell.
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