Thai boys rescued from a cave have seen their family through glass windows and will need to stay in hospital for at least 1 week

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  • The eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are recovering well in hospital.
  • The boys will remain in hospital for at least a week and remain in isolation to protect their health.
  • Two have a “minor” lung infection, but they all seem to be in good mental health.
  • The boys that have been rescued are aged 12-16, confirming that the youngest boy and the team’s coach remain inside the cave.

Officials at the Chiang Rai hospital have said that the boys who have already been rescued from a Thai cave are eating well and will remain in hospital for a week while they continue to recover.

Public health officials said at a press conference from the hospital that the first four rescued boys had low temperatures. Two were being treated for a “minor” lung infection, and were stabilized with antibiotics.

The first four boys who were rescued on Sunday have been allowed to see their families through a glass window as doctors continue to conduct thorough health checks and monitor the boys for any contagious diseases. Psychologists have deemed them in a good mental state, but are not yet allowing them to watch TV.

Doctors are also setting up a phone line inside the boys’ hospital room so they can speak with their parents.

Thai ministry of public health official Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk said the boys “can do their normal activities.”

The boys have also needed to wear protective sunglasses while their eyes adjust to light after spending two weeks in darkness. The first four boys have taken these off, but the second group who were rescued on Monday are still wearing the eyewear.

The boys are also eating more solid, non-spicy foods such as rice congee, but their previous requests for spicy pork noodles has been denied for now. The boys also asked for, and were given, chocolate and bread.

The official added that the boys met with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Monday night. The boys that have been rescued are aged 12-16, confirming that the youngest boy and the team’s coach remain inside the cave.

Continued rescue efforts to free the remaining five boys and their coach began at 11 a.m. local time and are still underway.