West Virginia miner leaves intensive care
(CNN) -- Randal McCloy Jr., the only survivor of the Sago Mine disaster, has been removed from intensive care at West Virginia University Hospitals, his doctor, Larry Roberts, said Tuesday.
McCloy, 26, is in serious condition and has not regained consciousness, Roberts said in a written statement.
McCloy and 12 other miners were trapped January 2 after an explosion in the West Virginia mine, and rescuers did not reach them for 41 hours. Rescuers found the body of one of the miners near the location of the explosion; McCloy and the bodies of the other 11 were found deeper in the mine.
The blast killed one miner immediately and carbon monoxide slowly killed the others.
McCloy suffered a collapsed lung, dehydration and carbon monoxide poisoning. His doctors say that while his organ functions are recovering, it is still too early to know "how much of his physical and mental abilities he will recover."
After spending three days at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McCloy returned to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, part of the University Hospitals system.
The miners who died were remembered Sunday at a Buckhannon memorial service where more than 1,800 people gathered.(Full story)
McCloy's wife, Anna, attended the memorial service and was the first of the miners' families to light 13 candles of honor. West Virginia first lady Gayle Manchin handed each family a statue of a coal miner.
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