Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Thai cave rescue: Parents of trapped boys haven't been told if their children were rescued
The distraught parents of 12 Thai boys, who have been stranded in a cave for weeks with their soccer coach, have not been told whether their children are among those rescued, a family member told CNN. Four of the boys were pulled out of the cave in northern Thailand late Sunday night and another four on Monday. They are recovering from their ordeal in a newly converted isolation ward at a nearby hospital. But they have yet to see their parents.
The boys, all part of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars, were found last Monday after going missing more than two weeks ago. Operations to rescue them from a narrow shelf of rock deep within the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex are still underway.
Instead of being reunited with their children, the boys' families have agreed to remain at the cave site until all of the boys and their soccer coach are brought out of the cave, a relative of one of the Wild Boars told CNN.
Last week, ahead of Sunday's complex operation to rescue the boys, Thailand's Health Secretary, Dr. Jessada Chokedamrongsook, warned that they would have to be quarantined for a short period of time before being allowed to see their families.
Doctors are monitoring them for any illnesses they may have picked up in the cave and their quarantine will reduce the risk of infection.
Following his visit last week to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, where the rescued boys have been taken, Chokedamrongsook said that the children would "be kept away from the parents for one to two days and will stay in the care room," before a further evaluation by doctors for five to seven days.