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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