Soccer Players and Their Coach Are on the Mend, Thailand Says
MAE SAI, Thailand &mdash Twelve young soccer players and their coach were recovering nicely on Wednesday, a day following the final of them left the remote cave in Thailand where they had been trapped considering that late June, a Thai public wellness official said.
The official, Dr. Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, the leading public wellness medical doctor for Thailand&rsquos northern region, told reporters on Wednesday that even though some tests had been still pending, all of the boys and their 25-year-old coach have been recovering swiftly below quarantine in a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai.
&ldquoNone of them are stressed,&rdquo he added. &ldquoThey took care of each and every other effectively in the cave.&rdquo
Right after arriving, conscious, at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital more than the final few days, the boys received tetanus and rabies vaccinations as nicely as vitamins and antibiotics, Dr. Thongchai said. But he said they were in distinct stages of recovery simply because they had arrived in three separate groups, starting on Sunday.
Medical specialists worry that aside from physical ailments, the boys could knowledge anxiousness, panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, phobias or other symptoms of post-traumatic pressure disorder in the short or lengthy term. But as of Wednesday, Dr. Thongchai stated, the boys were all sleeping normally and had not received any anti-anxiousness medication.
&ldquoTheir mental overall health situation is great, perhaps simply because they stayed together and helped every other,&rdquo he said, even as tests showed the average weight loss for the group was about four.4 pounds per boy. &ldquoTheir coach was extremely very good at managing this.&rdquo
Households of the first 4 boys to be rescued visited them on Tuesday, wearing protective clothes and maintaining a distance of about six feet at all times, he mentioned. The second group&rsquos families had been due to arrive on Wednesday.
Dr. Thongchai said the first group of boys, aged 14 to 16, had begun consuming regular meals and have been now in &ldquovery excellent condition.&rdquo Two had contracted pneumonia in the cave but have been obtaining far better, he added, and a wound on one particular of the boys&rsquo ankles had healed.
The second group of four boys, aged 12 to 14, had been getting antibiotics right after blood tests showed higher counts of white blood cells, a sign of infection, overexertion or exposure to cold, he mentioned. But they had been eating mild food as of Wednesday morning and may possibly be capable to eat standard food by the evening, he said.
As for the third group of four boys and the coach, one of them had mild pneumonia upon arriving at the hospital Tuesday, Dr. Thongchai said. He said blood samples had been taken from all 5 and would be sent for testing at a lab in Bangkok, the Thai capital.
Dr. Thongchai said blood tests on the very first and second groups showed no signs of severe ailments that doctors had worried they might have contracted in the cave, like leptospirosis, a bacterial disease carried by rodents, or histoplasmosis, an infection caused by a fungus present in bat excrement.
Blood tests for scrub typhus, a disease spread through bites from infected larval mites, and an additional disease, henipavirus, also came up unfavorable, he mentioned.
Henipavirus is a genus that consists of Nipah virus, a potentially fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans by bats through bites and speak to with saliva or urine. A health-related specialist who is not involved with treating the boys said in an email that a damaging blood test would probably rule out infection with Nipah virus and other viruses inside the genus.
Dr. Thongchai stated the group would be monitored for two weeks, the second week at residence, and that the boys had not but been allowed to play &mdash but they are sharing the exact same space and can talk with every other from their hospital beds.
The 4 members of the Thai military &mdash one particular army physician and three Navy SEAL members &mdash who stayed in the cave for eight days right after the group was found had been the last to emerge Tuesday. They arrived at the hospital that evening but had been to be moved to an unspecified place on Wednesday, Dr. Thongchai said.
Thai social media customers on Wednesday were jubilant about the boys&rsquo rescue, with several posting drawings that depicted the rescued boys as wild boars &mdash their soccer group mascot.
&ldquoThe happiest morning,&rdquo one particular user wrote.
&ldquoThank you so much to everyone in each organization and every single nation involved in this operation,&rdquo another wrote. &ldquoYou are the true heroes.&rdquo
During their entrapment in the cave, the boys reportedly asked rescuers for news about the World Cup soccer tournament. And in current days, there was some speculation about whether the boys would accept an invitation from FIFA to attend the Globe Cup final in Russia on Saturday.
Dr. Thongchai said the Wild Boars would not be attending due to the fact they would nonetheless be under quarantine.
But, in a way, they were still stars of the show: Right after France beat Belgium in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday, the French star Paul Pogba praised the boys to his a lot more than five million Twitter followers, posting a composite photo of all 12 of them, and devoted the French win to them.
&ldquoThis victory goes to the heroes of the day, effectively carried out boys, you are so powerful,&rdquo he wrote.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Pogba&rsquos post had been liked or retweeted by about 120,000 Twitter customers &mdash about 40,000 much more than the quantity of seats in the Moscow stadium exactly where the final will be played.
Published at Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:38:47 +0000