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Miracle Miner: One Year Later

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy Junior is keeping a low profile as he nears the anniversary of the January Second explosion and 41-hour entrapment that killed 12 of his
friends.

Family spokeswoman Aly Goodwin Gregg says the 27-year-old
survivor of West Virginia's worst coal mining accident in four
decades can walk and talk again. But Gregg says neither Randal
McCloy nor his pregnant wife Anna is granting interviews on the
advice of his doctors.

The explosion at the coal mine near Buckhannon killed one member
of the 13-man crew instantly. McCloy and 11 others were trapped
underground by smoke and debris, forced to breathe carbon monoxide
for nearly two days before rescue teams reached them.

Doctors have never been able to explain why McCloy survived when
others could not, but he has defied their expectations at every
turn.

Gregg says McCloy is constantly getting stronger. He's overcome
damage to his heart, liver, kidneys and brain, but still suffers
some vision and hearing impairment, as well as continuing weakness
on the right side.


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