First Visuals Of Thai Boys In Hospital After Being Rescued From Cave

Ruben Ruiz
July 12, 2018

Three of the five in the last group have fevers that are easing, and three have middle ear infections.

Adisak Wongsukchan told Al Jazeera he gave his 14-year-old son Nong Bew a big thumbs up when he first saw him in hospital. "The coach was the one to choose", he said.

"I want this warm hug once again", his widow Valeepoan said on Instagram, posting a photo of her and Saman embracing. And helped him to have a new life, it's like a rebirth.

A cave complex in Thailand where 12 schoolboys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks before they were safely brought out will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue, the head of the operation said on Wednesday. "The children were well taken care of in the cave". They will be able to eat normally this evening.

Chanthawong had taken the boys about 2.5 miles into the cave after a soccer game on June 23 as part of an initiation ritual which would see them write their names on the cave walls.

"He would have been the flawless person to support them".

Parents of the second group of boys, those rescued Monday, will be allowed to make similar visits later today, according to the Health Department's deputy chief. The boys are expected to be released within seven days barring complications.

In a video that emerged hours after the group were discovered, he said: "I'm Adul, I'm in good health", and offered a traditional Thai "wai" greeting, a trademark of his manners, his teachers say.

Even for some of the world's most experienced cave divers, it set a new standard for hard rescues. Wetsuits and scuba gear still hung along a walkway at the entrance Wednesday, waiting to be sorted by Thai Navy officials.

Much of the rescue team was still inside the cave when the main pump failed, triggering a flood of water.

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"Our thanks and greatest admiration go the British lead divers, and support divers along the route in and out of the cave system from the EU, US, China and Australia, as well as the vast number of participants from military and civilian organisations in various support roles", the statement continued.

Harris, an anesthetist and underwater cave explorer who is also known as Harry, was the last man out of the cave Tuesday.

"We're just very happy that the boys are out and safe", he said. "I think there is a worldwide appeal which I think will inspire millions across the globe".

Closer to home, Chiang Rai locals rejoiced at the odds-upsetting rescue bid. They were given a tranquilliser to keep them calm throughout the process.

Throughout the 17 day ordeal, elite Thai Navy Seals and other rescue operators were locked in a race against time due to heavy rain and rising water levels.

Each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers carrying their oxygen tanks for them, and guiding them through the murky tunnels.

At least three of the boys in the team as well as their coach are stateless refugees and might have restricted travel rights, Reuters has reported.

Questions will remain as to why the team, led by their 25-year-old coach, went into the caves during the rainy season - it is common knowledge that it is a unsafe time to enter, and signs at the entrance specifically warn of the dangers of monsoon rains.

When the Wild Boars football team was located deep inside the cave, after being missing for a week, the Adelaide anaesthetist abandoned his holiday in Thailand and volunteered to help.

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