"Most of the miners have performed well from a medical standpoint," said Jorge Montes today, deputy director of the hospital, in a press conference after the first night of "33" out of the mine.
Montes said that even "two or three of them" may be discharged as Thursday.
The miners, who are the focus of world media attention for a seemingly impossible rescue was "perfect" as the adjective most used, received today at the hospital the visit of President Sebastián Piñera, who arrived in San José mine Tuesday and remained there since it surfaced the first miner until he left last.
On leaving the hospital, Pinera said he could joke with the rescued -32 Chilean and Bolivian-and also told some unknown details of his life in the bottom of the San José mine, who declined to reveal.
The president simply noted that the 33 "showed great ingenuity and great capacity for teamwork."
He added that to make collective decisions "implemented a wise old principle, the principle of democracy" and that "each of them fulfilled their role."
Pinera said he invited the miners to the Palacio de la Moneda the next day 25 and that there "the 33" will play a match against a team of government officials, with some special conditions.
"The winning team stays at La Moneda and the loser is left in the mine," he joked.
The president ruled the camp become sanctuary "Hope", on the outskirts of San José mine, where miners' families waited for their ransom for 70 days.
"There will be a sanctuary, but probably a memorial to remember the epic" said Piñera, who also considered "a heritage which belongs to Chile and all humanity" the most symbolic of the episode.
Among them, the sheet of paper with the handwritten message "we are well on the refuge's 33" on Aug. 22 confirmed that the miners were alive, and the capsule "Phoenix 2", which raised to the surface between Tuesday and Wednesday.
As for the health of miners, the deputy director of the hospital in Copiapo said they are in such good condition the majority who may not need to meet within 48 hours of hospitalization, which was initially established.
"They've grown quite fond of natural light" and also "have suffered dramatically stress," said the doctor.
"No miner who has been in shock and none that have wanted to leave the hospital," said Montes.
He also said that Mario Gomez, 63, the oldest of the rescued, which presents a picture of pneumonia, has developed positively and is expected to be "soon back in his home."
Improving job security emerged as a central concern of government, as confirmed by the very Sebastián Piñera, who pledged to ensure that "never again" was working in Chile "in such unsafe and inhumane conditions" as they should do "the 33 ".
The San José mine did not have two escape routes required by the law and lacked ventilation shaft ladder, despite which the National Service of Geology and Mining (SERNAGEOMIN) had approved its reopening after being closed.
In Santiago, the interior minister, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, also addressed the issue, arguing, told Radio Cooperativa, the government "wants to turn Chile into a world leader in workplace safety and dignity of work."
Some relatives in the camp "Hope" and Workers, said while the miners will visit probably next Saturday.
"We want to know how we lived during the wait," said Alberto Segovia, Segovia Dario's brother, who also wants to come back "occasionally" in the future in this place that has marked their lives.
Relatives of the "33 de Atacama" also revived today the first moments of the accident.
"They thought they were going to die of hunger and thirst, little by little," said Doris Contreras, Pedro Cortez's mother, the second last miner to be rescued, recalling the feelings transmitted by your child when they finally were able to communicate through probe the August 22 reached the shelter where they took refuge after the collapse.
The family was told that the first five days were the most distressing for workers, until the sixth "began to feel sound and knew he had ability to be rescued."