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Andrew Oberle, Chimp Attack Victim, Survived Because Of Doctors, Says Parents

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This undated photo provided by the Facebook group HelpAndrewOberle shows graduate student Andrew Oberle sitting with a chimp. Doctors are reporting improvement in the condition of Oberle, who was attacked by chimps he was studying in South Africa. (AP Photo/HelpAndrewOberle) | AP

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The parents of the American student mauled by two chimps in South Africa last week called their son's survival a "miracle" and thanked doctors for their work.

The statement on Friday said Andrew Oberle was stable but remains in critical condition.

A hospital spokeswoman Martina Nicholson told The Associated Press the hospital will not release any information about the victim. His parents say they might release further statements.

Oberle was transferred to a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday after being treated in eastern South Africa where he was injured June 28.

Oberle was mauled by two adult chimps in a South African chimp sanctuary where he was doing research. A state investigator says Oberle lost fingers and sustained head and other injuries.

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