Operation Recovery: 13 Wild Boars show no signs of severe stress

Thai students cheer at a school in front of the hospital where the Wild Boars were brought for observation, July 11, 2018. Photo: AFP

All 12 boys and their coach rescued from flooded Luang Cave over the past three days are in good condition and shows no sign of severe stress, the public health official who oversees their medical treatment said today.

Giving a breakdown of the boys’ condition, he said the first batch of four boys rescued on Sunday can now consume normal food, while the two diagnosed with lung infections are recovering well.

“All [of the four boys] are doing fine. They can now consume food normally — rice and other food we’ve provided them.”

“Their lung X-rays look good. Overall, I think the condition of these four is very good.”

The second group rescued Monday had no infections. However, blood tests showed higher white blood cell counts than normal and they were given medication to correct that.

This morning, they were still being given soft food, though by later today, they’re expected to join their teammates in being able to consume normal meals.

Once tests results showed they were not carrying any communicable diseases, the families of the first group were allowed in the patient rooms yesterday, though were required to remain at least two meters away from the boys.

Thongchai said that the second batch of boys will be allowed a similar visit with their own parents today.

Meanwhile, the final four boys, rescued yesterday along with their 25-year-old coach, all had normal body temperatures and blood pressure, though one had a lung infection.

They received the same the treatment as the first two groups: vaccines for rabies and tetanus, antibiotics, and doses of vitamin B1.

Today, all 13 will receive vision, nutritional and mental health assessments.

As none of the Wild Boars have exhibited signs of severe stress, anti-anxiety medications have not been necessary, Thongchai said.

“Their mental health appears to be in a very good state — maybe because they took care each other. We have to admire the coach for his handling of the situation.”

He added that psychiatrists have also worked with the boys’ families and helped them process the crisis.

“We will work to heal and send the Wild Boars team back to their families in good health.”

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