This is rather extraordinary:
Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy Jr., looking thin and stiff but walking on his own, offered his gratitude Thursday as he was released from a hospital after almost three months.
”I’d just like to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers” McCloy said softly, wearing a ball cap and a racing-team jacket at a morning news conference. He paused, then added with a weak smile, ”I believe that’s it.”
His doctors say they can’t explain why McCloy, who was trapped underground for more than 40 hours after the Jan. 2 mine explosion, survived the carbon monoxide exposure while all 12 other miners with him died. Medical crews at the mine and the doctors who first treated him have said McCloy, too, was close to death.
I listened to the press conference this morning while riding the bus to work, and it really is amazing how quickly he has recovered, especially considering he was unresponsive until Valentine’s Day. Governor Manchin, who I normally like a great deal, irritated me a little bit when he claimed the recovery was ‘proof of a higher power’ (which made me wonder why the higher power killed the other 12), but this extraordinary and a good day for McCloy and his family.