Health of 33 rescued miners in Chile in good evaluation

08:28, October 15, 2010      

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In this image released by the government of Chile, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R, Front) shakes hands with a miner in Copiapo hospital in Chile, Oct. 14, 2010. Sebastian Pinera inspects health status of the rescued miners who were trapped in the San Jose mine for more than two months in the hospital on Thursday. (Xinhua/ Jose Manuel de la Maza / Government of Chile)

The 33 rescued miners from San Jose mine are fine in Copiapo's hospital, where they were hospitalized for medical check-up, Health Minister Jaime Manalich said on Thursday.

He said that the health of the 33 miners is "very favorable" and that "it has been a surprise for the medical staff."

The plan is to keep them hospitalized 48 hours, at least three of them could be sent back home on Thursday and only one of the 33 has pneumonia, while other two have teeth problems.

Meanwhile, President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday morning visited the 33 of them at the hospital and invited them to a soccer match on Oct. 25 at La Moneda Palace. The government will also host a ceremony to give them Chile's Independence Bicentenary Medal.

The last of the 33 rescuers, Luis Urzua was rescued on Wednesday night local time, 20 hours after the rescue of the miners began.

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