The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal and in the days before their discovery survived by drinking water dripping into their refuge, a health official said Wednesday.
Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong is a Thai public health inspector.
Their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, reportedly refused to eat any of this food so the boys would have more for themselves, leaving him the weakest when divers eventually found the team on 2 July.
President Trump tweeted his congratulations, describing the emergence of the last four boys and their coach as "such a attractive moment".
All the boys have been taken to a Chiang Rai hospital for treatment and medical evaluations. "When I visited them, I also told them to be good citizens". Some are walking around, while others sit up in their beds, waving at cameras and flashing the Spider-Man hand sign from their quarantined unit at the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital. But family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier, and after a period of time with no problems, the family members would be allowed closer while dressed in sterilized clothing.
On Tuesday, the final members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach were rescued from the Thai caves where they were trapped - and ended an incredible rescue mission that lasted 17 days.
Formerly a Buddhist monk before turning to football, Ake taught the boys meditation to help them handle the stress. A few of the boys have been treated for lung infections, and most were given antibiotics to combat low white blood cell counts, CBS News reports.
Even so, all need to be monitored in the hospital for a week and then rest at home for another 30 days, he said.
Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died on Friday while replenishing the canisters.
Richard Harris was described by the Thai Navy SEALs as one of the leading rescuers in the mission to the soccer team. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave.
The rescue sparked jubilation with Thais heaping praise on the rescue team of foreign and local divers as the triumphant tagline "Hooyah" pinballed across social media.
"The world just needs to know that what was accomplished was a once in a lifetime rescue that I think has never been done before", Master Sergeant Anderson said.
"Appreciate great help from all teams - divers from all over the world, medic teams, several ex-SEALs, supporting teams, Kruba Boonchum and other spiritual teams, great kitchen team, oxygen refueling team, water management team, electricity team, mountain climbing team, all genitors, Mae Sai people, and people from all corners of the world", they wrote. Alice Bryant adapted them for Learning English.