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Chile miners hale and hearty

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Chile miners hale and hearty


The 33 Chilean miners who were rescued yesterday are still in hospital where it is reported that they are all doing well.

Doctors have diagnosed one case of pneumonia and two of silicosis, and various men are being treated for eye problems.

Some of them are also having emergency dental treatment, but apart from that there are no major physical health problems.

Attention has therefore switched to the men’s emotional and psychological health.

Dr Jorge Montes, who is in charge of the miners, said: “Obviously, they have been subjected to a very stressful situation lasting two months. The majority of them have reacted to it very well. Some of them however, have a few problems from a psychological point of view, but nothing alarming.”

There are also reports that two of the men may even be allowed to go home later today.

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