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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sago Survivor Update

Here's the latest on Randal McCloy, the sole survivor of the Sago Mine disaster:

Survivor visits home for first time since blast
By Vicki Smith

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Randal McCloy Jr., the sole survivor of the Sago Mine disaster, visited his home in Simpson for the first time since the Jan. 2 explosion Tuesday, eating a home-cooked lunch and visiting with family for three hours.

Afterward, the 26-year-old coal miner returned to the HealthSouth Mountainview Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is going through months of therapy to recover from brain damage and other injuries.

On Tuesday, he made the 45-minute drive with Anna, their two children and brother-in-law Rick McGee, said family spokeswoman Aly Goodwin Gregg.

McCloy was able to walk into the house with assistance from hospital staff. His motor skills, speech and strength are all continuing to improve, Gregg said.

“It was wonderful, and he was so happy to be home."(link)

Good news all the way around.