Note to editors: WVU Hospitals will not issue news releases on Mr. McCloy’s condition over the weekend unless there is significant news to report. The next update will be Monday, Jan. 23.

McCloy’s Condition Still Serious

Takes first food by mouth since accident

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Randal McCloy remained in serious condition Friday at West Virginia University Hospitals.

His responsiveness continues to improve slowly, according to his physician, Larry Roberts, M.D.  Early Friday, he chewed and swallowed a cracker – his first solid food since the mine accident more than two weeks ago. He is still obtaining all his nutrition from a feeding tube.

Also in the past 24 hours, his tracheostomy tube was replaced with a smaller-diameter breathing tube, allowing him to breathe more naturally through his mouth and nose

The kidney problems that have persisted since the accident are improving, and the frequency of hemodialysis has been reduced. 

For other information, and past updates see: http://www.health.wvu.edu/mccloy/mccloy.htm .

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bc: 1-20-06

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