None of the four boys who were the first group to be evacuated from the cave has a fever, and the three boys who have minor lung infections are improving, Thai officials said, adding that they are taking less medication and can eat anything they want.
The discovery prompted the stunning rescue of the boys which captivated Thailand and the world, with the final members finally emerging safely Tuesday after 18 days underground.
The 53-year-old went into the caves on each of the days to individually sign off on each of the boys' health before they were guided to safety.
"That was a massive, massive relief". As they were coming down the slope, we were counting them until we got to 13. unbelievable, ' he said.
"You hear on the video, John said 'How many?'", Stanton said. The managing director, who is married to a Thai woman who knew the former Navy SEAL that died on the mission, said it could be a movie that "inspires millions" and that he sees it being a "major Hollywood film with A-list stars". Images from the successful, yet dramatic, rescue effort showed the boys lying in covered gurneys as they were being transported to the hospital.
The boys were reportedly sedated though there have been conflicting reports about the kind of medicine they received, with some saying they got anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm while Peeranarong said some of them had been fully sedated. The footage, released by Thai officials Wednesday, shows eight of the boys sitting up in their hospital beds, clad in hospital gowns and face masks. The aim, Anderson said, was to make each of the boys "tightly packaged" so divers could keep control of them and adjust their air supply as needed.
Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday said the boys had been given a "minor tranquilliser" to prevent anxiety during the complex extraction bid.
Pictured with Craig Challen (left), Dr Richard Harris's Aussie accent was key to the Thai cave rescue.
Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters today that the entire operation would not have been possible without the unique skills that Harris brought to the mission, though he did not elaborate.
The rescue bid was also lauded for the hard, long hours and teamwork between highly-skilled Thais and foreigners.
The rescue mission involved more than 100 engineers, divers, rescue workers and volunteers who came from across Thailand and around the world to lend a helping hand.
"In the end, cave rescue requires cavers and trained cave rescuers", he said, referencing the "distraction" of the offer by United States tech guru Elon Musk to evacuate the boys in a special pod.