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Michael Schumacher awake during hospital transfer

Geneva: Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was conscious and had his eyes open during his top-secret transfer from a French hospital to a facility in Switzerland, Swiss newspaper Blick reported.

Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher 

Schumacher was moved on Monday after emerging from a coma following a devastating ski accident in December.

The paper said he had his eyes open for most of the journey by private ambulance, which was conducted like a secret service operation.

Schumacher did not speak, but communicated by nodding his head during the 200-kilometre journey, the paper said.

The ambulance company was not told the identity of its world-famous passenger in advance, and staff had to give up their mobile phones when they came into contact with him. The paper said Schumacher had lost a lot of weight during his 170 days in hospital in the French city.

The hospital where Schumacher is now being treated — near where his wife Corinna and two children live — is one of Switzerland's top facilities. The CHUV has set aside a special area for Schumacher but has otherwise kept details of his care under wraps.

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