Thai cave rescue almost ended in disaster, after main pump reportedly failed

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The first group of four boys rescued Sunday can now eat solid food and walk around, and the two who have a lung infection are getting better with medicine. The second group of boys rescued on Monday are eating soft food, and some of them have a high white blood cell count, indicating an infection.

The Thai hospital where the 12 boys and their soccer coach are recuperating after being rescued from a flooded cave released video showing them in their hospital beds, smiling and chatting with nurses. The video shows the boys in an isolation ward in beds with crisp white sheets and wearing green surgical masks.

Members of the media try to photograph a projected image of the rescued boys in their hospital room during a police press conference in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. (AP Photo)

The rescued boys can be seen in their hospital room during a police press conference in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

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Chaiwetch Thanapaisal, director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, said during a news conference that “everyone is strong in mind and heart,” according to the Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, Thongchai said one member of the final group of four boys and the coach who arrived at the hospital Tuesday evening had a slight lung infection. The average weight loss was 4.4 pounds for those with known information, Thongchai added

Thai Hospital Boy 1

The average weight loss for the boys was 4.4 pounds, officials said.

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“To not receive food, we can still survive for many months — but what’s necessary is water, which the cave has, and around this time there’s a lot in the cave, and they chose clean water to drink,” he said.

ENTIRE THAI SOCCER TEAM, COACH FREED FROM CAVE AFTER DARING RESCUE

Doctors are still monitoring the boys for certain rare diseases linked to soil, water and animals, but said they are all “lively.” Doctors added they think the group is in good shape physically and mentally because of the medical care they received from the SEALS while they were with them in the cave.

Parents of the first group of boys can be in the same room with them, but need to stay several feet away and wear sterilized suits. The parents of the second group of boys may be able to go inside their hospital rooms today, officials added.

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