Boys, coach rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital Thursday

By On July 14, 2018

Boys, coach rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital Thursday

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Listen to the awe-inspiring tale about the race against time to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks.

Roasted pork, steamed rice, steak, sushi and KFC. That's what the 12 rescued Thai boys and their soccer coach will seek out after they finally leave the hospital next week.

Doctors say the boys will be released from the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on Thursday after donning surgical masks to ward off infection. The boys survived the harrowing rescue from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last week.

Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn told reporters Saturday that the boys, ranging from 11 to 16 years old and their 25-year-old coach were healthy and should be discharged this week.

“All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong and fit. Regarding infections, through the medical evaluations in the first days there may be some of them that had minor pneumonia, but now all is cleared, no fever," Piyasakol said.

Several were also reported earlier to be recovering from minor lung and middle ear infections.

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In a hospital video recorded Friday, the boys sent messages to well-wishers and started each with a “wai,” the traditional Thai greeting with hands raised to chest level and palms together.

The boys were shown in their sterile hospital rooms donning the surgical masks that could be removed Saturday, doctors said. Despite the physical progress, doctors warned the group still faces a psychological test to ensure their well-being.

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In this image made from video, released by the Thailand Government Spokesman Bureau on July 11, 2018, three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds. A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. Fullscreen A handout photo made available by the Thai government public relations department (PRD) on July 11, 2018 shows the first pictures of the boys from a youth soccer team as they are treated at the hospital in Chiang Rai. Fullscreen A handout photo made available by the Thai government public relations department (PRD) shows the boys from a youth soccer team being treated at the hospital in Chiang Rai. Fullscreen A handout photo made available by the Thai government public relations department (PRD) shows the boys from a youth soccer team being treated at the hospital in Chiang Rai. Fullscreen A handout photo made available by the Thai government public relations department (PRD) shows the boys from a youth soccer team being treated at the hospital in Chiang Rai. Fu llscreen This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on July 11, 2018, shows rescuers with an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Fullscreen This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on July 11, 2018, shows rescuers with an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Fullscreen This undated photo from video released via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on July 11, 2018, shows rescuers and an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Fullscreen This undated photo from video releas ed via the Thai NavySEAL Facebook Page on July 11, 2018, shows rescuers carrying an evacuated boy inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Fullscreen Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances transport some of the rescued boys from a helipad to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Thai Navy SEALs confirmed on Tuesday that the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach have now all been extracted safely after they got trapped underground in a cave in northern Thailand. The boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach are to spend at least a week in a hospital in Chiang Rai Province and remain under observation due to a risk of rare infections. Fullscreen In this photo released by the Royal Thai Navy on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the last four Th ai Navy SEALs come out safely after completing the rescued mission inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Fullscreen A television set broadcasting rescue efforts at a local shop near Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Onlookers cheer as ambulances transport the 10th rescued boy from a helipad nearby to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital July 10, 2018. Fullscreen A Royal Thai police ambulance evacuates one of the boys to the hospital after he was rescued from the Tham Luang cave, July 10, 2018. Fullscreen Onlookers cheer as ambulances transport the 10th rescued boy from a helipad nearby to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital July 10, 2018. Fullscreen A Royal Thai police ambulance evacuates one of the boys to the hospital after he was rescued from the Tham Luang cave, July 10, 2018. Fullscreen Police and military personnel use umbrellas to cover a stretcher near a helicopter and an ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018, as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. According to reports, eight boys have been reportedly rescued so far and evacuated to a hospital as rescue operations continue for the remaining members of a 13 youth soccer team, including their assistant coach, who have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave since June 23, 2018. Fullscreen A handout photo made available by the Chiang Rai Public Relations Office shows Thai authorities placing a rescued boy in an ambulance for transportation from Tham Luang cave to a hospital, in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand on July 8, 2018. Fullscreen Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue on July 9, 2018. Fullscreen An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area on July 9, 2018. Fullscreen Classmates of Adul, one of the boys trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, visit a tribute for the Wild Boars soccer team at the entrance of Ban Waingphan school on July 9, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Chill, 14, one of the members of the Wild Boars soccer team who did not enter the cave with his teammates speaks to the press about his hopes for their safe rescue at the Maisaiprasitart School on July 9, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Students visit a tribute for the Wild Boars soccer team at the entrance of Ban Waingphan school on July 9, 2018. Fullscreen Thai soldiers and police officers secure the area as a helicopter lands to evacuate a boy that was trapped in a cave to a hospital, at an air force airport in Chiang Rai , Thailand on July 9, 2018. Fullscreen Two ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys freed from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave site to a hospital in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Two helicopters wait near the cave for more evacuations of the boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Thailand on July 9, 2018. Fullscreen Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand to a hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8, 2018 in Chiangrai, Thailand. Fullscreen Ambulances transport boys rescued from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave to a hospital on July 8, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Elite divers on July 8 began the extremely dangerous operation to extract 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand for more than two weeks, as looming monsoon rains threatened the rescue effort. Fullscre en Military personnel, rescue workers and volunteers head out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after ambulances transported a group of boys rescued from the cave on July 8, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen An ambulance carrying one of the boys rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave heading towards the hospital on July 8, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Elite divers on July 8 began the extremely dangerous operation to extract 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand for more than two weeks, as looming monsoon rains threatened the rescue effort. Fullscreen Rescue workers walk along the main road leading to the Tham Luang Nang Non cave as the first 2 ambulances carrying 2 boys pass by on July 8, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen An ambulance and an escort vehicle leave the Tham Luang cave area as divers evacuated some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 8, 2018. Fullscreen Thai police officers (L) stand guard at the blocking area during the 'D-Day' for the ongoing rescue operation for the child soccer team and their assistant coach to exit the cave at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. Official operations are underway to safely bring out the 13 members of the team. Fullscreen Workers seal off the ambulance arrival area to block media as they prepare for the arrival of the rescued youth soccer team and their assistant coach at a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 8, 20 18. Fullscreen Nurses wait outside the Chaingrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the boys will be brought upon rescue, on July 8, 2018 in Chiangrai, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai family members of missing football players and their coach leave a meeting with officers, during rescue operations. Fullscreen A Thai police officer stands guard at the blocking area in front of oxygen tanks on a truck. Fullscreen Thai military personnel walk inside the blocking area during rescue operations. Fullscreen Thai family members of missing football players and their coach wait in a room during rescue operations. Fullscreen A Thai police officer patrols next to stretchers preparing for the child soccer team and their assistant coach at a hospital in Chiang Rai. Fullscreen Journalists & non-essential personnel are ordered to leave the cave site and surrounding roads as the rescue operations begin on July 8, 2018. Fullscreen This undated handout photo taken recently and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 7, 2018 shows Thai Navy soldiers in the flooded Tham Luang cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their soccer team coach trapped in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Fullscreen Thai forest rangers examine a map as they view a possible drilling option during the ongoing rescue operations for the child soccer team and their assistant coach, at a mountain forest near Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Thailand on July 7, 2018. Fullscreen Family members pray near a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Thailand on July 7, 2018. Fullscreen Thai rescue personnel prepare to search for chimneys for a drilling option during the ongoing rescue operations. Fullscreen Thai volunteers take a rest as rescue operation continues for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7, 2018. Fullscreen Monks lead family members of the boys out from the cave site after a morning prayer on July 7, 2018. Fullscreen A Royal Thai Navy soldier carries a portrait of Saman Gunan, a former navy SEAL who died in an accident in Tham Luang cave in a rescue mission for the trapped 12 boys and their coach during arrival honors for Gunan's remains at a military base in Chon Buri province on July 6, 2018. Fullscreen Members of the armed forces salute as the body of Saman Kunan, former Thai navy Seal who died is flown back to his hometown in Roi Et on July 06, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Saman Kunan died while placing air tanks around the Tham Luang Nang Non caves where the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive after being missing for over a week. Fullscreen A Buddhist monk leads Royal Thai Navy soldiers carrying the bier bearing the remains of Saman Gunan, a former navy SEAL who died in a rescue mission for during an arrival ceremony. Fullscreen Family members grieve during arrival honors for the remains of Saman Gunan, a former Royal Thai Navy SEAL who died in an accident in Tham Luang cave. Fullscreen Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osot-tanakorn (R), who heads the rescue operation, speaks to the press as hundreds of rescuers with equipment work to free the soccer team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Friday, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen A Buddhist monk holds a praying ceremony at the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non caves for a successful rescue for the trapped soccer team, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen People from Tachileik, Myanmar come to the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave and pray for a successful rescue for the 12 trapped children and their coach. Fullscreen Soldiers carry a pump to help drain the rising flood water in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand Friday. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave before more rains are forecast to hit the northern region. Fullscreen Pumps are moved from truck to be used to help drain the rising flood water in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai soldiers prepare scuba diving gear and rescue equipmen t during the ongoing rescue operations. Fullscreen Thai students practice meditation in an effort to send regards to the ongoing rescue operations for the child soccer team and their assistant coach, at Maesaiprasitsart school in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Rescue workers carry in supplies during the ongoing operations at Tham Luang cave as they work to save the 12 soccer team members that are trapped in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Thailand. Fullscreen A Thai student shows an image of her classmate Panumas Sangdee, who is one of 13 members of a soccer team trapped in Tham Luang cave, on her mobile phone at Maesaiprasitsart School in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Kham-aoey Promthep, 64, grandmother of Duangpetch Promthep, who is one of 13 members of a soccer team trapped in Tham Luang cave, folds her grandson's soccer jersey while she waits for him to be rescued, in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen Friends and children sing a song outside of a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The Thai soccer teammates have been stranded more than a week in the partly flooded cave. They said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them. Fullscreen Rescuer workers prepare small diving mask to deliver inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the res cue operation on July 04, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen A Thai soldier prepares oxygen for a diver during rescue operations for 12 boys and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at near Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, Thailand on July 4, 2018. Fullscreen A Thai navy officer carries a pig's head to worship celestial guardians and spirits as the rescue operations for the children's soccer team and their coach are ongoing, at the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 4, 2018. Fullscreen Thai soldiers carry drainpipe while heading to the cave during the ongoing rescue operations for the child soccer team and their assistant coach, at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 4, 2018. Fullscreen In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page, a Thai boy smiles as a Thai Navy SEAL medic helped injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. Fullscreen Foreign divers head to Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation, on July 3, 2018, after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance, in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai marine police walks out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation of 12 boys and their soccer coach. Fullscreen Family members watch news about the cave rescue operation at a makeshift camp at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. Fullscreen Family members and rescue staffs receive traditional massage therapy at a makeshift camp at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park. Fullscreen Hundreds of rescuers and equipments are still being sent inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation of 12 boys and their soccer coach. Fullscreen Foreign expert discuss with Thai Navy team members to continue the rescue operation, Monday. Fullscreen Personnel are sent inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex to continue rescue operations after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance on July 3, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen US Special Operations Command Pacific Search and Rescue Team personnel (L) greet a Thai rescue diver (R) during preparations for the rescue operation. Fullscreen Water pumping machines keep working to remove water from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex. Fullscreen A photo released by the Royal Thai Army on July 3, 2018 shows the missing 13 young members of a youth soccer team including their coach, moments after they were found inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. Fullscreen A happy family member shows a picture of four of the 12 boys that went missing inside a Tham Luang cave when all members of a children's soccer team and their coach were found alive in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province late July 2, 2018. Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were "found safe" late July 2, in a miracle rescue after days of painstaking searching by divers. Fullscreen General Bancha Duriyaphan speaks to the press after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week on July 02, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Family members smile after hearing the news that the missing 12 boys and t heir soccer coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. A Thai provincial governor says all 12 boys and their coach have been found alive in the cave where they went missing over a week ago in northern Thailand. Fullscreen Relatives of the missing boys show photos of four of them after 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week on July 02, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn announced on Monday that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were being rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after they were discovered by naval special forces and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely. Fullscreen A family member smiles after hearing the news that the missin g 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. Fullscreen A family member smiles after hearing the news that the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. Fullscreen Thai workers carry oxygen tanks through a cave complex during a rescue operation for a missing soccer team at the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 1, 2018. Rescuers in northern Thailand looked for alternative ways into a flooded cave as they continued the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been missing since June 23 in Tham Luang Nang Non cave after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance. U.S. Forces and British divers joined the search as they worked their way through submerged passageways in the sprawling underground caverns as the search intensifies for the young soccer team, aged between 11 to 16, and their their 25-year-old coach. Fullscreen Rescue workers carry heavy water pumping equipments into Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 1, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Thai workers use drilling machinery equipment in an attempt to drain the water from the flooded cave during a search and rescue operation for missing soccer players and their coach in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen Buddhist monks pray for 12 boys and their soccer coach that went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen A helicopter from Thailand's air force picks up a mini excavator to take to the mountain top where they are trying to make a hole to get into Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 01, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Fullscreen Rescuers make their way down at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Fullscreen Thai military medical personnel and associated officials practice carrying an injured person during an emergency exercise near the Tham Luang cave in Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Noon Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on June 30, 2018. Fullscreen Thai workers prepare pipes for an attempt to drain water from a flooded cave during a se arch and rescue operation for missing soccer players and their coach at the Tham Luang cave in Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Noon Forest Park in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 1, 2018. FullscreenReplay
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A hospital statement said as their recovery continues, the boys should avoid mental stress, spend time with only friends and family and avoid media exposure that could t rigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

In the video, one of the boys, Ekarat Wongsukchan, 14, whose nickname is Biw, playfully raised his two arms in a boxer's victory stance as laughter is heard in the background.

"Hello, my name is Biw, I am fine. I want to say thanks to everyone that worried," he said. All 13 offered thanks for the support they've been given.

Adul Samon, a stateless 14-year-old sent to Thailand for schooling by his ethnic minority parents across the border in Myanmar, speaks in Thai and then in English: "Hello, I am Adul. Now I am very fine. I am very thank you so heavy, thank you so much."

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, nearly 10 days after being trapped by flooding.

The boys were trapped for more than two weeks in the cave. Rescuers ra ced against the clock as heavy rain threatened to increase water levels and cut off the rescue route even further.

More: An illustrated look at the Thai cave rescue

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Thai navy SEALs guided each boy one-by-one along the 2.5-mile route. Each boy was given a diving suit, gloves, helmet and a full-face diving mask for the trip, tethered to an oxygen tank.

A retired navy SEAL diver from Thailand died July 6 after running out of air while placing extra oxygen tanks along the cave route.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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