McCloy Condition Upgraded to “Serious”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- Physicians for Randal McCloy, the sole survivor of last week's Sago Mine accident, upgraded his condition to “serious” Sunday. 

Larry Roberts, M.D., director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at WVU Hospitals, reported that McCloy’s heart and liver functions have improved steadily over the past several days. The muscle deterioration that resulted from his lengthy immobility in the mine – rhabdomyolysis – is nearly gone.  He has been breathing without ventilator assistance for more than 48 hours.

He remains in intensive care, and still has serious medical issues, Roberts said, including impaired kidney function. His neurological condition remains stable.

Note to editors: Over the holiday weekend WVU Hospitals will provide only one update per day, unless there is significant news to report.

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Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bc: 1-15-06

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