Doctors at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the boys, aged 11 to 16, are being treated, said that they were in good health and are expected to be discharged on Thursday.
Sakolsatayadorn told Thai authorities that they must prepare the boys and their families "for the attention of the public and the media that waits for them immediately after they are discharged".
Now, the very fortunate soccer players and their coach are recovering in hospital according to The New York Post, and are very anxious to be released next week so that they can finally indulge in their very favorite meals. Sunrise reporter Chris Reason was given access inside, giving viewers a first-hand look at where the boys were trapped for 17 days.
The boys and their 25-year-old coach were freed over three days last week, bringing to an end a complex rescue mission involving hundreds of experts from across the world. We never thank you enough for what you've done for the kids, their families and Thailand.
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The search for the boys and the daring operation to rescue them caught the attention of wide audiences across the globe and the drama has now inadvertently come to focus on the plight of almost half a million people in Thailand who are stateless. The group forged ahead until finding a dry, raised slope where they remained stranded in total darkness for days.
With them are six Australian Federal Police cave divers, one Defence diver and a support crew who have been described as integral to the rescue operation.
Two British divers successfully located the lost teammates on July 2, but given the fact that the caves were largely flooded and the boys panicked and afraid, escape was to be no easy task.
A team of Royal Thai Navy members, a doctor and a nurse stayed with the group, giving them high-powered protein drinks and medical assessments, while rescuers worked on a plan to get them out as safely and quickly as possible. On July 6, Saman Gunan, a 38-year-old former Navy SEAL diver who took part in the rescue efforts, died from lack of oxygen after an operation to deliver air tanks along the escape route.
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The players accepted the criticism they received, they took it on board and improved. We'll be well prepared because this is a one in a lifetime opportunity.
They fought against mother nature to pump out floodwater and divert water flows amid Thailand's wet monsoon season.
"The boys need to go back to their normal life, to their daily routines, in order to fully appreciate that the threat is over", said Danese, who heads the institute's stress and development laboratory.
The boys survived the harrowing rescue from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last week.
Retired Perth vet Craig Challen and Adelaide anaesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris have recounted details of the rescue mission that gripped the world, supported by divers from Thailand, the United Kingdom and Europe.
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Dr Richard Harris wrote he and Craig Challen mused about the cave rescue mission on the way home to Australia.
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