Doctors Say 8 Tham Luang Survivors in Good Health

By Thai PBS 10 July 2018

The first eight members of the Moo Pa Academy soccer team who have been brought out of Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand are in good health, though two of them have developed symptoms of lung infections, Public Health Permanent Secretary Jesada Chokdamrongkul said on Tuesday morning.

Speaking at a press conference in the presence of a team of doctors at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, he said the first four members of the team, aged 14 to 16, were admitted to the hospital at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. They had low body temperatures and had to be warmed up with warming blankets. A chest X-ray showed that two of them might have lung infections, probably because they had  been confined in an area with high moisture and because they had to dive for four to six hours on the way out of the cave. One of them had bruises on his right leg.

But by this morning none of them had a fever and they were able to eat normally. On Monday night they were allowed to see their relatives through glass from a sealed room.

The four boys in the second group of survivors, aged 12 to 14, who arrived at the hospital on Monday, were also found to have low body temperatures. One of them had a low heartbeat, but it returned to normal after treatment. One of them had scratches in his right foot.

By this morning their fevers had disappeared. They appeared fresh and were able to communicate normally. Doctors began to give them some normal food.

Jesada said the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital was prepared to provide treatment in every field because it was well equipped and had a strong team of doctors. He said the boys’ treatment was not hampering the normal medical services of the hospital.