The plight of the 12 boys and their soccer coach captured worldwide consideration after they grew to become trapped within the flooded cave greater than two weeks in the past. The boys vary in age from 11 to 16.
4 boys have been rescued Sunday, and 4 extra boys have been introduced out of the flooded cave system Monday, in keeping with a witness working with the rescue workforce, leaving 4 boys and their coach nonetheless inside.
A contingent of 13 worldwide cave diving consultants and 5 Thai Navy Seals descended into the watery community of underground tunnels beneath the Mae Sai mountains to succeed in the boys Sunday. The divers navigated a collection of darkish, flooded tunnels for as much as six hours.
The rescue is two-pronged: to assist the boys who’ve been introduced out of the cave, whereas working to save lots of the remaining boys and coach nonetheless trapped inside. The operation paused in a single day for rescue staff to get some relaxation and refill provides, similar to oxygen tanks, and was suspended Monday after 4 extra have been rescued.
Well being consultants stated, authorities would first be checking the rescued boys’ publicity to a scarcity of oxygen whereas within the cave. Thai officers on Friday stated oxygen ranges within the cave air plummeted dangerously to simply 15%.
“One of many main considerations is oxygen proper now. They have been in an space the place oxygen ranges are low,” Dr. Darria Lengthy Gillespie of the College of Tennessee College of Medication advised CNN. “As quickly as they get out, that is what they will be checking: their oxygen ranges and their respiration.”
They will even be checked for malnutrition, dehydration and an array of different well being results.
Dr. Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist who can also be a scuba diver, referred to as it “a tremendous feat” that among the boys had been rescued. She stated officers would wish to verify for post-traumatic stress and different psychological results on the boys.
The dearth of oxygen within the cave, she stated, “makes individuals really feel much less alert. It makes them transfer much less. Some individuals describe it as being drunk, and it additionally decreases their temper.”
She stated it could be extraordinarily vital to relay the excellent news of the primary boys’ rescue to the others who stay trapped inside. “That might be such a lift for his or her confidence,” Lieberman stated.
The 4 boys rescued Sunday are recovering beneath quarantine in a close-by hospital and are but to see their mother and father. A member of the family advised CNN Monday that they hadn’t been advised which boys had been pulled out, and who remains to be trapped within the cave.
Thailand’s well being secretary, Dr. Jessada Chokedamrongsook, stated the boys could not be capable of see their mother and father for a day or two after their rescues whereas they bear remedy on the hospital.
The boys will “be evaluated by docs for 5 to seven days,” the secretary stated. “They are going to be monitored day-to-day.”
The hospital additionally issued an announcement, saying the “subsequent step is to ensure these youngsters and their households are protected as a result of residing in a cave has a special atmosphere, which could include animals that would transmit any illness.”
“Anybody that has had contact with the boys, together with their shut household, shall be carefully monitored to ensure they’re illness free,” the hospital stated. “They’ve been knowledgeable to name the illness management sizzling line … if they’ve signs similar to complications, nausea, muscle plain, or difficulties respiration.”
Dr. Norman H. Edelman, senior science adviser to the American Lung Affiliation, stated the boys’ skill to outlive “all depends upon the mechanics of the air flow and the way huge the air house is.”
As a result of the boys and their coach have been trapped for greater than two weeks, Edelman “hypothesized” that some air flow is going down, although he cautioned that he didn’t have detailed information of the scenario.
“The very first thing that occurs to the physique as oxygen ranges decline is, you will have a sign to make you breathe extra. It’s very analogous to climbing a mountain and going as much as, say, 10,000 to 12,000 ft when the oxygen strain declines,” Edelman stated.
“So the very first thing you’re feeling is a must breathe extra; you could really feel a bit of lightheaded; you could really feel a bit of dizzy. They might have hassle sleeping; they could have complications whereas they sleep,” he stated.
The opposite drawback the boys could expertise with declining oxygen is rising carbon dioxide, the fuel we exhale with every breath, Edelman stated.
“When carbon dioxide goes up, that is a powerful stimulus to breathe, so that they’ll start to really feel wanting breath,” he stated. “They might be dizzy, they could be confused, but when it occurs slowly sufficient, they’ll adapt. It is similar to climbing a mountain. They’ll finally adapt to the low oxygen, until it goes too low, in fact.”
Gillespie on the College of Tennessee stated the youth of the boys really performs to their benefit for survival.
“They’re within the prime of their well being,” she stated. “If anyone can endure these moments of potential decrease oxygen and different bodily challenges, it should be younger, teenage boys.”
CNN’s Kocha Olarn, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan contributed to this story.