All twelve boys and their coach have been safely rescued from the flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and are expected to be reunited by Tuesday evening.
But their harrowing journeys aren’t over yet, as they have to go through a tough recovery in a nearby hospital — which involves being quarantined in a sterilized unit, wearing protective sunglasses, eating porridge and having TVs they can’t switch on.
Scroll down to see how they are recovering.
A diet of bread, chocolate, and plain rice porridge.
The first four boys extracted from the cave asked for pad kra pao, a fried rice dish and chicken and basil, but have not been allowed to eat it.
Instead, they have been given soft, plain and non-spicy food, like rice congee, to aid their recovery, one of their doctors told reporters on Tuesday morning. They have also been given bread and chocolate.
While in the cave, the boys and their coach wrote handwritten notes to their families asking them to prepare fried chicken and BBQ pork when they got out.
Kept in quarantine, and only allowed to see their family through the window.
A family member holds up a photo of the boys and their soccer coach while they were still stranded in the cave. Linh Pham/Getty Images
The boys have been kept in a sterilized isolation unit, and are being monitored for infections or contagious diseases.
The first four boys to be extracted from the cave and enter hospital — who were reportedly the weakest— have been allowed to see their families through a glass window.
Doctors are also setting up a phone line inside the boys’ rooms so they can speak to their parents.
Of the first four boys who were taken out, two were being treated for a “minor” lung infection and were stabilized with antibiotics.
Here’s what their hospital room looks like, according to CNN:
Thai health officials: rescued boys will now be in isolation for 1-2 days, inside a sterilized isolation unit, meaning no physical contact with their parents. A heartbreaking, necessary precaution at a time when all these kids and parents want to do is give one another a hug. pic.twitter.com/4efURwzBIF
— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) July 8, 2018
Wearing protective sunglasses.
Rescue teams in the Tham Luang cave on June 25. Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix via AP
The boys have had to wear protective sunglasses, to help their eyes have adjust to normal levels of light after spending two weeks in the cave’s darkness.
The first four boys have taken those off, but the second group who were rescued on Monday are still wearing them.
Military personnel, rescue workers, and volunteers during the rescue efforts on Sunday. Linh Pham/Getty
The boys have TVs in their hospital room, but have not been allowed to watch it for the sake of their mental health.
Psychologists have deemed them in a good mental state, but appear to remain cautious.
Foregoing their invitation to the World Cup.
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, invited the boys and their soccer coach to watch the World Cup final in Moscow if they were well enough to travel — but doctors aren’t letting them go.
“They can watch on TV,” a doctor at the hospital told reporters on Tuesday morning.
The boys had been asking rescuers about the World Cup while they were still trapped in the cave, CNN reported.
Here’s what Infantino told the Thai Football Association in a letter last week:
“If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests.
“I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will be undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebrations.”
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