BANGKOK, Thailand After their miraculous rescue from a flooded Tham Luang cave earlier this week, the young footballers from "Mu Pa" (Wild Boar) football team and their coach appeared in a video clip yesteray looking very healthy and jovial.
Speaking from their beds at Chiang Rai's Prachanukroh Hospital, the boys who are still clad in hospital gowns and their mouths covered with surgical masks, appeared happy and thanked all for helping them get through the nightmarish ordeal.
Sawasdee krub (Hello), my name is Note, now I am healthy. Thank you for helping us all, said one of the young footballers, Prajak Sutham, 13, nicknamed "Note" in the video clip yesterday.
Another boy, Nattawut Takamsai, 14 or "Dom" said he wanted to savour his favourite local dish when he was disharged from the hospital.
Sawasdee krub, I am Dom. I am healthy and I want to eat stewed pork on rice (his favourite dish). Thank you, thank you for all the support, said the bubbly boy.
"Tle" or Duangpet Promthep, 13, also spoke of his desire to eat his favourite dish Phad Krapao once discharged from the hospital.
Their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, 25, or affectionately known as Coach among the boys and has been hailed as the real hero for keeping the boys save while being trapped inside the cave, said he was feeling better, healthier and had been eating well.
First and foremost, I would like thank all the people, all ministries for helping us and also the Prime Minister (Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha) and all the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL divers and doctors, he said, adding that he longed to eat fried rice.
The boys and their coach went inside the cave after football practice on June 23, but could not go out as rising water from heavy rain flooded the cave and pushed the further underground.
Alarmed after they failed to return home, families made a police report which sparked the beginning of a massive, multinationals search and rescue mission.
All 13 boys and the coach were finally rescued in a risky and dangerous operations many deemed as "mission impossible", which began last Sunday and took three days to complete.
Meanwhile In Chiang Rai, Public Healh Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn after visiting the rescued "Mu Pa" (Wild Boar) footballers said, the boys' health and mental conditions were improving after several days of stay in the hospital.
The boys are also receiving antibiotics scheduled for at least seven days. All parents are allowed to visit their children but under standard hospital prevention and control protocol measures, he said, adding that their laboratory results were negative for dangerous infectious diseases.
Sakolsatayadorn said there were two main concerns, with the first for them being more susceptible to infectious diseases or pathogens, and the second, to ensure that they recover from possible mental disorder.
Doctors and psychiatrist had recommended that they spend time with family and friends for at least a month and avoid all media exposure as it could trigger posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Source: NAM News Network