The world was on the edge of their seats as we all watched the rescued Thai soccer team slowly emerge from their nightmarish experience. After being trapped in a cave after monsoon flood waters rushed in and blocked their exit, the boys braved the cold and pitch black darkness for more than two weeks before they were rescued. On Wednesday, all of the boys and their coach were released from the hospital.

Imagine the fear and sadness of their parents, knowing that the boys were alive but couldn’t yet escape. If not for the bravery of the rescuers (one of whom lost their life attempting to save them), there might be a very different story coming from Thailand. Since their rescue, their health and well-being has been on just about everyone’s mind. Before they left the hospital, several of them spoke in moving video released by the Thai government.

The video, released over the weekend, shows the boys thanking their rescuers and everyone else for their well wishes. Fourteen-year-old Adul Sam-on said, “Now, I am fine. I am very thank you for help me. Thank you so much.”

The other boys also expressed their sincere thanks. And, not unlike many boys, they also talked about what they were most excited to eat after spending nine days trapped without food before they were first found.

Even though the boys lost weight during their ordeal, doctors report that most of 12 have gained at least four pounds in recent days. Between the weight gain and blood test results showing that they are infection-free, it looks like these brave boys are very much on the mend.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: South China Morning Post via YouTube


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