Chilean Miners May Face Mental Trauma Post Rescue, Say Doctors

October 13th, 2010 - 7:50 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
rerOct 13, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Chilean miners who have been trapped for a stretch of 69 days under the copper mine at Atacama desert are being rescued one by one. The President of Chile has expressed his joy and relief and the families of the rescued miners are a relieved lot now. However,the doctors and psychologists have hinted that the trauma of the rescued miners are yet to be over. The rescue is in progress and the rescue team is expecting to bring each miner back to safety soon. However, the effect of staying trapped 700 meters beneath the Earth for over two months may take a toll on the mental health of the miners as the doctors are assuming. They had to cope with anxiety and hunger for more than 2 months.

The rescued miners are going to be checked for any health related issue. The ride in the tight capsule with no space to move one’s limb itself can be quite harrowing say the medical experts. However, the miners are not much frightened as is evident from the video footage obtained from the collapsed mine. Family support is vital to ensure their getting back to regular course of life, as the psychologists have said. They will also have to take special diet rich in potassium, thiamin and phosphate to prevent the formation of heart related disorders.

The rescued Chilean miners may also face physical problems like sunburned eyes and fungal infections after reaching the surface. Some of them may also suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Some of the miners may also face problems in reintegrating with the family and regular life.

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