The man tentatively chosen to be first out of the mine where 33 men have been trapped for more than two months is a shy father of two who was caught along with his brother when the mine collapsed.
Maria Silva said President Sebastian Pinera himself told her that her son Francisco Avalos was first on the list to come out.
Avalos, 31, is married and has two children.
Avalos had been the second in command of the group before the collapse, assisting his friend Luis Urzua. But friends describe him as shy. After the men were found and cameras sent down, he often acted as cameraman, taking pictures of the other miners _ a role that frustrated relatives who saw little of him in the videos.
"I am not surprised" that he was chosen, his mother said after word reached the family. "I am so proud of him."