Thai Boys and Coach To Be Discharges Thursday

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2018

"From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed", Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, stated, according to Reuters.

Adul is perhaps the best known of the boys because he was the one speaking English in the video taken inside the cave when the team members were first found by two British cave divers July 2, almost 10 days after being trapped by flooding.

"That was a massive, massive relief. As they were coming down the slope, we were counting them until we got to 13. unbelievable", he said.

But the mission would last a further eight days, with the risk of extracting the weakened group through flooded, tight, twisting passageways intensified by the risk of fresh rains and falling oxygen levels inside the cave.

The team initially set off for their adventure on June 23 and an global rescue mission began on July 2 - more than a week after they vanished.

Now, the very fortunate soccer players and their coach are recovering in hospital according to The New York Post, and are very anxious to be released next week so that they can finally indulge in their very favorite meals.

The father of Duangpetch Promthep, or "Dom", cast light on how their survival hung in the balance in the nine days before they were found.

"It was time consuming and fraught with danger because you really only need to do one little thing wrong that makes the breathing apparatus not work properly or have a little leak or something like that, which may go unnoticed when they set off", he said.

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Earlier this week CBS News' Anna Werner spoke with one of Adul's schoolteachers who said how proud she was of him.

In a meticulously planned extraction, the boys donned wetsuits and diving gear before being sedated, put on stretchers and pulled or carried out through submerged passageways and up steep slopes inside the mountain.

"[They] had already been doing the most extraordinary dives through the cave and laying the very robust rope, which made all subsequent dives to the soccer team not only possible, but safe", Harris wrote.

The Wild Boars are due to be released from hospital at the end of next week and will probably be knee-deep in fried pork and KFC shortly after.

"The pressure that was put on these guys was vast and they never dropped the ball for a second", Harris wrote.

The heroes of the Thai cave rescue performed nothing short of a miracle. Eventually, through the collective effort of hundreds of rescue workers and many more across the world, pumping water, creating forward operating bases in sequential stages throughout the cave system, and devising a means of calming and transporting the children and their coach, the team was rescued on Tuesday, July 10.

In his first in-depth interview about the rescue operation, Dr Challen confirmed that the boys were heavily sedated.

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