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Chile miners: Three of the rescued men are discharged from the hospital

Three of the 33 men rescued from the collapsed San Jose mine in Chile were released from the hospital Thursday night, the first to head home after doctors earlier declared all of the miners free of shock and generally in good health.

The three men -- Edison Pena, Juan Illanes and Carlos Mamani -- were the first of the group to be discharged from Copiapo Regional Hospital following their return to the surface after being trapped half a mile underground for 69 days.

Rescuers pulled the men from the mine Wednesday, the first just minutes after the day began and the last nearly 22 hours later.

Officials said the men spent a somewhat restless night at the hospital, but none appeared to be suffering from serious illness. One miner was being treated for pneumonia.

More miners were expected to be discharged from the hospital Friday.

Read more about the Chile miners.

-- Chris Kraul in Copiapo, Chile

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