MAE SAI, Thailand – Thai public health authorities confirmed on Tuesday the eight boys of the “Wild Boars” youth soccer team who have been rescued after spending more than two weeks trapped in a cave in the north of the country are recovering and not suffering from serious health problems.
The doctors have analyzed the blood and lungs of the eight boys in addition to administering them intravenous saline and vaccinations, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Jetsada Chokedamrongsuk said at a press conference.
Four children were extracted from the cave on Sunday and four more on Monday. They were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for health assessment.
Two of the children rescued on Sunday showed irregularities in their breathing so doctors suspect they may suffer from pneumonia.
The first four showed signs of hypothermia due to the harsh conditions in the cave and during the diving phase.
Another child has a small cut on his right leg.
Chokedamrongsuk said the children are being fed soft, easily digestible food to help them recover lost weight.
None of them have a fever and they are being given psychological support.
The doctor said the eight will remain under observation for at least one week.
The rescued boys have not yet had direct contact with their families, who have had to see them through a glass partition to prevent risk of the boys contracting any contagious disease due to their weakened immune systems.
The children said they were happy and missed their homes.
The group, members of a youth football team, will be able to watch the 2018 World Cup Russia matches on TV, after Chokedamrongsuk rejected FIFA’s invitation to the team and their coach to watch the final in Russia on Sunday on medical grounds.
Authorities were proceeding on Tuesday with the third cave rescue mission to evacuate the rest of the team – four children and their assistant coach.