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'Deadliest Catch' Captain -- No More Tubes

2/6/2010 2:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Captain Phil Harris, the badass star of "Deadliest Catch," is making serious progress in his recovery from last week's stroke -- dude is finally breathing on his own.

According to a source close to the family, doctors are "extremely impressed" with Harris' progress.

Harris had been using breathing tubes to help circulate oxygen through his body since he went down while unloading crabs from the F/V Cornelia Marie -- but we're told as of Friday, the tubes have all been removed.

We're told Harris is also regaining feeling in the left side of his body -- which had gone numb after the stroke. His motor skills are also returning to normal. Perhaps the best sign -- Harris has been talking a lot lately ... even dropping a few of his trademark cuss bombs here and there.

We're told Harris and his family have been continuously charting a recovery course with doctors and he hopes to get home ASAP.

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hehe    

God Bless you...

1630 days ago
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doug    

I really like this show..im glad the old bastard made it http://gochitchat.com

1630 days ago
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South Beach    

Hang in there Phil, we're rooting for you!

1630 days ago
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Jessica    

This is really encouraging news.
Keep it up Phil.

1630 days ago
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Hussie    

I love you to pieces Phil, but for God's sake QUIT SMOKING...
You've done enough damage to your body already, and your body is saying "ENOUGH"...
I wish you a speedy and full recovery, and I hope that you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest...
The next time you may not get so lucky...

1630 days ago
6.

Jessica    

I'm rootin for you Phil.

Thanks for the update TMZ. You guys Rock!

1630 days ago
7.

whatev    

and he had crabs.
heeheehee

1630 days ago
8.

Obama is a socialist    

Lay off the smokes and red bull!!! I hope your kids have enough sense to quit now too!

1630 days ago
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disturbed    

I'm glad that Captain Phil is doing better.

On a separate note, "cuss bombs"? That is the dorkiest phrase I've ever heard. gak

1630 days ago
10.

Jew_disease    

White trash story...

1629 days ago
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mothermercury    

Can't smoke in the hospital. Betcha they had to stamp Nicotine patches all over his body! He is one heavy smoker. Guess that should be put in the 'past tense' now.....

1629 days ago
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Bart    

Glad to hear you are doing better, wish you all the best. I know how hard it is to quit smokin', hell I've already quit twice today.

1629 days ago
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Dana Owens    

What a relief, glad to hear things are looking up. We hope you are up and around real soon and we look forward to seeing you on the show with your sons and crew in no time...take care.

1629 days ago
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Julie    

So TMZ, if he had a breathing tube down his gullet this whole time, how exactly were you able to print quotes from him?

1629 days ago
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TheMizzz    

#14 You can still speak at a whisper between breaths when on a brething tube....Go Phil!

1629 days ago
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