In Pittsburgh, doctors treating McCloy said his injured muscles were improving, along with his liver and heart function, and tests showed his brain swelling was reducing.
His brother-in-law Rick McGee, who also works in the Sago Mine, said he believed McCloy was communicating with the family, even though he remained sedated.
"I was talking to him about fishing, since we fish all the time. He nodded his head real easy," McGee said.
I'd been wondering how long it would take before we got to start debating whether West Virginia mine disaster survivor Randal McCloy was in a persistent vegetative state. Looks like my wait is beginning to end, though we won't know better until the doctors start bringing him out of the coma. McCloy and Sharon both.