The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand will be discharged from hospital next week, the country’s Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn says.
The last group of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a dangerous rescue and evoking international relief and joy.
The boys and their coach are recovering both physically and mentally and will be discharged from hospital on Thursday, July 19, Mr Piyasakol said.
“We need to prepare both the children and their families for the attention they will receive when they come out,” he said.
Photographs and videos of the boys show them all in good spirits as they prepare for their release. (AP: Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital)
Photographs of the boys and their coach have also been released by Thai health authorities.
The images showing the boys making sketches while sitting in their hospital beds in a quarantined room were released on Saturday by the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.
The boys also have recorded short video messages, with some of the boys talking about the foods they want to eat once they are out of the hospital.
More to come.