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Rescued cave boys kept from seeing families while in quarantine

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 7/9/2018 Brandon Livesay

The eight freed boys of the Thai soccer team may have seen daylight for the first time in weeks, but they still cannot come face-to-face with their loved ones.

Whilst four boys and their coach remain trapped in the flooded cave system awaiting rescue, the freed members of the soccer team have been quarantined in their own hospital ward.

Doctors fear the children, who are aged between 11 and 16, may have contracted illnesses or infections while they were trapped underground.

Even their mothers and fathers have been unable to visit them.

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Thailand officials have not released the names of the boys rescued, so as not to upset the parents of any child still trapped.

Thailand's health secretary, Dr Jessada Chokedamrongsook, said the group would undergo a series of tests while quarantined in hospital.

The boys will "be evaluated by doctors for five to seven days", Dr Chokedamrongsook said.

"They will be monitored day by day."

A hospital spokesperson told media the priority was to make sure the children were safe.

"Living in a cave has a different environment, which might contain animals that could transmit any disease," they said.

"Anyone that has had contact with the boys, including their close family, will be closely monitored to make sure they are disease free."

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - JULY 8: Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand to hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8, 2018 in Chiangrai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to pull the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave at northern Thailand. Videos released by the Thai Navy SEAL shows the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health in Tham Luang Nang Non cave and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely. © Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - JULY 8: Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand to hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8, 2018 in Chiangrai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to pull the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave at northern Thailand. Videos released by the Thai Navy SEAL shows the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health in Tham Luang Nang Non cave and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely.

And while the health experts are being cautious, all accounts suggest the boys are in good health - and even better spirits.

The hospitalised group requested their favourite meals as soon as they were rescued - a fried pork and basil dish.

9News correspondent Alice Monfries said local sources assured her the meal went down "an absolute treat".

Photos: Rescue mission on for trapped Thai soccer team


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