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October 13th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Chilean miners in 'good condition,' but long recovery awaits

Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to be rescued at the San Jose mine Wednesday.

Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to be rescued at the San Jose mine Wednesday.

CNN Wire Staff

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - At least one miner is fighting acute pneumonia, two will need dental surgery, and others have skin problems or lesions in their eyes. Yet for all the 33 miners' challenges the past 69 days, trapped a half-mile underground in the San Jose mine without light, health care and other basics, those who have emerged appear surprisingly healthy, Chile's health minister said.

"Things are extraordinarily well, better than expected," Jaime Manalich said Wednesday. "They really are in good condition - emotional condition and physical condition."

After getting out of the capsule, each miner stood up and reconnected with loved ones. Some of them engaged the throngs nearby. Within minutes, though, all were placed on stretchers and whisked away to get medical care.

While Manalich said "no major problems" have been found, all the rescued miners will be carefully monitored at a nearby hospital in the coming hours and days. Experts said some of the aftereffects of the long stay underground and quick trip to the surface - especially mental effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or restless nights - may be felt for years to come.

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  1. Sue Hearldson

    While watching the rescue of the 33 trapped miners, I felt such joy. This is one of those times when TV redeems itself. So much of the usual TV fare runs the gamut of trivial to depraved, so when I can watch something so uplifting I am reminded of how meaningful and positive the TV can be. Thanks CNN for the great coverage of this heartwarming event.

    October 14, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  2. Kim K

    Welcome Home

    October 14, 2010 at 3:30 am |
  3. Camdin Classen

    I watched the rescue of the Chilean miners and am grateful all went well and that the 33 miners are all alright especially health wise, being 2,300 feet down in the earth for the 69 days...
    I know their families are reliefed and thankful.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:52 am |
  4. Tina

    Amazing, they all had so many things in common I think that is what kept them sane.They all come from the same country with the exception of one. They all share the same religion they all have the same job. I think this was the key all very much the same type of person. they were not stuck fighting differences. You had 33 men all Chilean all catholic all miners.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  5. Deirdre

    What a relief to see this come to such a happy ending. I commend the Chilean President for being there for the rescue of everyone of the miners and the recovery of the rescue workers as well. Thanks to ALL the people from ALL the countries involved in helping in the rescue process including Canada.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  6. Patricia Terry

    These miners are true hero's...God bless you guys and your families. Stories like this remind us, in a world gone wrong there is still beauty.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:01 am |
  7. Diana Day

    Unbelievable,a miracle,it took me to my knees crying,in gratitude,thanking God,for the safe return of the Miners to above ground and reunited with their families.

    October 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  8. Liz Sutherland

    I have great admiration for the miners, love, friendship and family walked them through this difficult journey.
    I admire the President of Chile, for staying there greeting each and every miner, to me, that was the utmost of respect a man can give his men. To all that took part, congratulations for an excellent job. God Bless you all.

    October 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  9. Kim

    What a blessing and it's so cool they're all out of here.Endurance beyond belief and they all keep thanking God for that. One of them was met by not his wife but mistress ? Uh oh and hope that works out.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  10. Donna Burgess

    Heros the rescuers are Heros in my book. What a great day for the miners. I cryed all night and day watching this rescue..well done!!!!

    October 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. valorie lebatard

    Thank you god,Its wonderful to know that we are still a nation that has HEART and SPIRIT OF GOD..By the cry out from all over the world,you can see all countries are united under one nation tonight....(Gracias a Dios que lindo por saver que nosotros somos un nation con corazon y una espiritu de dios.. puedas ver es noche que todos los pias somos unidos abajo de un nation este noche.....)VIVE CHILE

    October 13, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    These men are so fortunate that they have so little right now wrong with them. Hopefully, they won't have PTSD to a large degree. I sympathize with the two who have to have dental surgery! Claustrophobia has been something I have thought about with their situation – trapped all those months in that small area in the mine and then to be rescued they had to get in a very small capsule to come to the surface – glad that part was relatively short. IF they didn't have claustrophobia before that capsule may have surely invoked it. The lesions on their eyes – are these going to be serious or are they easy to clear up? Just so happy that they are out and getting good care and are with their families. Thanks so much for all the coverage.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  13. FRANK MIRABENT

    VIVA THE CHILEAN MINERS AND FAMILY,VIVA THE CHILEANS.VIVA NASA,VIVA USA.I HAVE BEEN IN TUNE TO CNN DURING THE MINERS RECOVERY NOT ONE CHILEAN,ABOVE ALL THE CHILEAN PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED THE EFFORTS,TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPTMENT AND THE TRUE DESIRE TO HELP THE WORLD THAT WE AMERICANS OFFERED; AND SUPPLIED,OPERATED THE STRATIGIC EQUIPTMENT,TECHNOLOGY,AND THE LIKE TO SAVE AND RECOVER THE 33 MINERS.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Phyllis Dweaver

    Thank you, Anderson, job well done. May God bless the miners & there families. The worldwide prayers were there completely. Hopefully oneday the world will be as one.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Geoffrey Garceau

    Congratulation to the miners for there safe rescue.

    NOW, can we send BP management to Chilli on how to inform the public on an ongoing incident. If they (Chilean) were able to have HD feed transmitted around the world, I can not see how BP couldn't do the same.

    Geoffrey Garceau, Ottawa Canada

    October 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  16. Dora Margarita Donis

    I am SO, SO PROUD of the Chilean Government,the miners, and the citizens of this BEAUTIFUL, EDUCATED and CIVILIZED country.

    VIVA CHILE. Brindo un pisco, una empanada y una cueca!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm |