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Thailand Cave Rescue: The Boys Are All in ‘Good Condition’ After 18 days of Being Trapped in Thailand Cave

A heroic rescue mission with a heartwarming outcome.

Jessica Watson

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After a tough and extraordinary rescue, the 12 members of the Thai youth soccer team and their coach are recovering in the hospital since being rescued from being trapped in a flooded Thailand cave for 18 days.

The players, who age range from 11 to 17, and their 25-year-old coach are recovering at the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital in the city of Chiang Rai. Dr. Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, an inspector for Thailand’s health department, told the New York Times while some of the tests they ran on the Wild Boars players and the coach are still pending, all of the boys and their coach are making a swift recovery while in quarantine at the hospital.

The boys were rescued by an elite group of drivers and the Thai Navy Seal after they found themselves stranded while exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.

According to the New York Times, medical specialist are worried that even though there might not be any physical effects on the boys, they might experience some physiological effects such as anxiety, recurrent nightmares, phobias and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. But as of Wednesday, Lertwilairatanapong stated the boys have not shown any signs of anxiety and the boys are not receiving any anti-anxiety medication and are sleeping normally.

Lertwilairattanapong told reporters at Reuters, “From our assessment, they are in good condition and not stressed. Most of the boys lost an average of 2kg (4.4lbs).”

When the arrived at the hospitals, Dr. Lertwilairatanaong told the New York Times The boys received vaccinations for rabies along with vitamins and antibodies and are going through different stages of recovery because they arrived in three separate groups on Sunday.

The first four boys who emerge from the cave on Sunday are now eating solid food, while those were rescued that Monday night are still restricted to soft and bland food, according to the Guardian.

The parents of the boys are not allowed to see their children yet because they are going to be in quarantine for a week or so, according to Matt Rivers of CNN. Nonetheless, the parents did get to see their children and a video of them was shared by Rivers waving at their kids behind a window.

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I attend the University of Alabama Birmingham and I am also a writer for a college women's magazine called Her Campus UAB. One of the proudest moments of my life was volunteering for Project Homeless in Birmingham. One thing I can't live without is Nextflix and one of my favorite shows is Stranger Things. When I am not watching Netflix, I like studying astrology and online shopping.

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