Published On: Tue, Jul 10th, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: boys will be in hospital for at least a week | World | News

Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, said: “All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever.”

However, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said preliminary blood checks indicated “all kids showed signs of infection”.

Twelve members of the Wild Boar youth football team were underground from 23 June after going for a picnic with their coach after practice.

They were found last Monday by two expert British divers.

The rescue operation began over the weekend, and four boys and the coach still remain in the cave complex.

Eight boys have now been rescued from the flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand.

Their first words after rescue were “I miss home”.

The eight who have already been rescued are recovering in hospital.

The first group who were rescued were 14 – 16 years of age, and the second group slightly younger, between 12 – 14.

Their recovery is already underway with the first four described as “often hungry” and in need of “a lot of food”.

After their release, they weren’t after fancy food, but rather, a staple favourite from kitchens around the world.

According to officials,they asked for bread with chocolate spread.

The boys from the first group are also able to “stand up and walk around their beds,” according to health ministry officials.

But, two of them are suspected to have lung infections.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.

“The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity,” Jesada said when asked why they survived so long.

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