Physicians say the lone survivor of a mine explosion in West Virginia is breathing on his own and appears to be coming out of his coma.

A neurosurgeon said Wednesday Randal McCloy remains in a light coma, but he is moving his arms and legs and responds to his family in slight ways.

McCloy was moved out of the hospital's intensive care unit on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old is the sole survivor of a January 2 coal mine explosion in which 12 other miners died. McCloy was found with the bodies of 11 others who died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a 41-hour wait for help. The other miner died earlier, as a result of the explosion.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.