The 12 boys rescued from a cave in Thailand are reported to be feeling better Thursday morning. The boys and their soccer coach
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since their 18-day ordeal ended earlier this week and are expected to spend at least a week at the hospital, followed by 30 days at home. have been hospitalized
The British divers who found the boys also had a helper inside the cave: a student who was able to take a leadership role by translating for them. Staff at his school told CBS News' Anna Werner that's not surprising. He's a boy who has already faced significant challenges in his life and overcome them.
Final group was pulled from Thai cave just before water pump malfunction
Teacher Kru Nice says 14-year-old Adun Sam-On has always been a leader, despite the fact he doesn't have his parents with him or even an official home.
Since Adun's parents slipped him out of Myanmar eight years ago to escape the ethnic conflicts there, he's become one of many students at this school considered "stateless." He's not a citizen of any country. Yet in Thailand, Adun is a top student and a standout athlete.
Kru said she was so worried when she learned Adun was trapped in the cave. But Adun's proficiency in languages – he speaks four – proved key inside the cave, as he acted as a translator for the British divers during the complicated rescue.
The boys were given anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm. In some portions of the journey, the boys were put into harnesses lying down. Rescuers used a rope system and high lines to pull them through the caverns.
Before they were found, a family member told CBS News the soccer players worked together to survive for nine days in the cave. When the boys entered the cave they each had a flashlight, one watch and one mobile phone with light until the batteries died.
They were able to check a watch for the time for the first three days. They slept close together for warmth and took turns digging in the cave to try and redirect the water that had trapped them.
Thailand's rescued soccer team members woke up in their own homes for the first time in more than three weeks on July 19, with many rising at dawn to take part in a religious ceremony. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand left the hospital where they had been recuperating and appeared at a news conference on July 18. They looked healthy and said that the ordeal made them stronger and taught them not to live carelessly. They also thanked those involved in their rescue.
(Pictured) Coach Ekkapol Janthawong (center) and members of the rescued soccer team attend a Buddhist ceremony that is believed to extend the lives of its attendees as well as ridding them of dangers and misfortunes in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province on July 19.
Members of a soccer team rescued from a cave pay respect to former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation, in a temple at Mae Sai, in the northern province of Chiang Rai on July 19.
The 12 Thai boys and their football coach attend a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18.
The boys play soccer as they arrive for their news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai on July 18.
Twelve boys and their coach from the "Wild Boars" soccer team arrive for a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18.
Elite divers began the extremely dangerous operation to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave complex since June 23, The rescue mission was successfully completed on July 10, 2018.
(Pictured) Three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave system.
Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, speaks during a press conference at a hospital in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on July 11. Thongchai said the soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave lost weight during their two-week ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health.
Students of Mae Sai Prasitsart School, where some of the trapped boys study at, celebrate after the 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 11.
Rescue workers take out machines after 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued, on July 10.
Volunteers celebrate at a makeshift press center on July 10, after the twelve boys and their football coach were rescued.
A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL facebook page on July 10, shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members, who stayed with the youth soccer team and their assistant coach until they all were rescued.
An ambulance carrying rescued schoolboys leaves a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 10.
A helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport on July 10.
Onlookers wave as an ambulance carrying rescued schoolboys leaves a military airport on July 10.
Thai nutritionists prepare foods at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where eight boys of a soccer team are staying after they were rescued from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province on July 10.
A person rides a motorcycle past a covered entrance area of the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10.
Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, center, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, speaks during a press conference at a hospital in Chiang Rai province on July 10. Thai health official says rescued boys will be staying in hospital at least seven days and that the eight rescued boys are in “high spirits” and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players.
Classmates of the Wild Boars soccer team pray at the Maisai Prasitsart school before the morning classes, as the third rescue mission to free the last four boys and their coach from a flooded cave is underway on July 10 in Chiang Rai.
Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 9.
A Thai medical personnel in an ambulance is seen through a green tarpaulin cover assisting in emergency evacuation of an alleged member of a children's soccer team in Chiang Rai on July 9.
A board showing "Welcome home, boys", is seen after rescue effort has begun for the 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped in Tham Luang cave, on July 9.
Thai police and military personnel use umbrellas to shield a helicopter evacuation at a military airbase in Chiang Rai as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave, on July 9.
People pray to Buddhist monks near the hospital where the boys rescued from the cave have been brought for observation, on July 9.
Military personnel, rescue workers, and volunteers head out from Tham Luang cave after ambulances transported a group of boys who were rescued on July 8.
Onlookers watch and cheer as ambulances deliver boys rescued from the cave to a hospital in Chiang Rai after they were transported by helicopters on July 8.
An ambulance arrives at the hospital after some of the youth soccer team and their assistant coach have been rescued from the cave, on July 8.
A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in Chiang Rai, on July 8.
Police line up on the main road leading to Tham Luang cave on July 8.
In this image made from video, Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn speaks to the media during a briefing on the cave rescue plans in Chiang Rai July 8.
Thai Police stand outside the Chaingrai Prachanukroh Hospital, where the boys will be brought upon rescue, on July 8.
Rescue workers move air tanks at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue on July 8.
Thai Civilian Defense Volunteers prepare to join the 'D-Day' for the ongoing rescue operation on July 8.
Children look at pictures before relatives and friends pray for the 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave, at Mesai Grace Church in Chiang Rai on July 8.
Journalists walk out of the cave area as rescue operations begin on July 8.
Journalists & non-essential personnel are ordered to leave the cave site and surrounding roads as the rescue operation begins to evacuate the trapped soccer team on July 8.
Rescue workers rest inside Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach are trapped inside a flooded cave, in the northern province of Chiang Rai on July 7.
In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on July 7, Thai rescue team members walk inside to rescue the trapped team in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said that the cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.
Handwritten messages written by a boy and his coach, who are trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, along with their soccer teammates, are seen on a piece of paper in this undated photo obtained from social media.
Message from Brother Ton reads, "Dad and Mom, do not worry about me, I am fine. Prepare fried chicken for me to eat. I love you."
Message from the coach reads, "To the relatives of all the children right now, the children are fine. They are with the caretaker team who is taking good care of them. I promise that I will take care of them to the best that I can. Thank you for all the support and I am sorry. To Uncle and Grandma, I am fine, do not worry about me too much. Take care of yourselves. Uncle, please tell Grandma to make vegetable smoothie and crispy pork skin as I want to eat them when I get out. I love everyone".
In this photo released by Royal Thai Navy, rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex, on July 7.
Rescue workers take cover from the rain, outside Tham Luang cave complex, on July 7.
Relatives walk out from the cave complex after taking part in a prayer ceremony as rescue operations continue, on July 7. More than 100 chimneys are being drilled into the mountainside in a frantic bid to reach a Thai youth football team trapped in a cave complex below, the head of the rescue mission said on July 7.
Thai soldiers carry oxygen tanks as rescue operations continue at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7.
Family members pray in front of a Buddhist statue near a cave, on July 7.
Thai volunteers take a rest as rescue operation continues on July 7.
Thai volunteers cook for hundreds of local and foreign rescue personnel at the the Tham Luang cave area in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7.
Thai soldiers drag a water pipe to bypass water from entering the cave, on July 7. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave as more rain is expected in the northern region.
A Thai Buddhist monk leads military honor guards carrying a flag-draped coffin containing the remains of a former Thai Navy Seal Petty Officer 1st class Saman Kunan, who died in the ongoing Tham Luang cave rescue operations, during a repatriation ceremony at Mae Fah Luang international airport in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, July 6.
Relatives of the 12 boys and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex listen to a news conference about the death of a Thai rescue diver after he fell unconscious during part of an operation, near the cave complex on July 6.
International rescue team prepare to enter the cave, on July 5.
A bulldozer clears out the surface of the drilling well site at the entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave, to release water in the effort of lowering down the water level inside the cave, on July 5.
A rescuer walks between the hoses which are carrying water out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave, on July 5.
Thai divers carry supplies as rescue operations continue for the trapped soccer team.
A specialist foreign diver arrives at the site of rescue operations, on July 5.
Volunteers prepare food for rescue personnel, on July 5, at a provincial office during the rescue operation.
Rescue personnel arrive as rescue operations continue on July 5. Thai rescuers vowed to take a "no risk" approach to freeing 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave, as fresh video emerged on July 4 showing the team in good spirits following their astonishing discovery nine days after going missing.
Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakornstand, center, talks to the media as rescue operations continue at Tham Luang cave, July 4.
Thai rescue workers practice medical training on an entrance of Tham Luang Nang Non cave on July 4 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Rescuer workers prepare small diving mask to deliver inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation on July 4.
Relatives of Pheeraphat 'Night' Sompiengjai and relatives of three other members of a Thai youth football team, prepare food together in Night's home in Mae Sai on July 4.
Thai soldiers carry equipment during rescue operations, on July 4.
In this July 3, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page, Thai boys smile as Thai Navy SEAL medic help injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. The Thai soccer teammates stranded more than a week in the partly flooded cave said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them.
A military helicopter delivering supplies to rescue personnel flies over the Tham Luang cave, on July 4.
Volunteers hold photos of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the Tham Luang cave complex, on July 4.
Thai police take a break for breakfast as rescue operations continue, on July 4.
Thai soldiers carry supplies as they walk down the hill leading up to Tham Luang cave as rescue operations continue on July 4.
Thai rescuers prepare for diving after the 12 boys and their soccer coach were found alive, on July 3.
A Thai rescuer walks by as water is pumped from a flooded cave on July 3.
Forest Meditation monk of Myanmar, Kruba Boonmee (C) arrives for blessing and give his support to rescue operations, on July 3.
Foreign divers head to Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation on July 3.
A father of a missing footballer thanks soldiers near Tham Luang cave following news all members of the team and their coach were alive in the cave on July 3.
Workers fix the road leading to Tham Luang cave, on July 3.
British Cave Rescue Council member Robert Charles Harper arrives in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, on July 3.
Hundreds of rescuers and equipment's are still being sent inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue on July 3.
Volunteers give massages to family members near Tham Luang cave complex on July 3.
Rescuers are sent inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue on July 3.
A rescuer receives free socks from volunteer booth on July 3.
Thai rescue staff makes preparation at a makeshift camp to follow up with the rescue operation on July 3.
An undated handout photo released by Royal Thai Army on July 3 shows the missing 13 young members of a youth soccer team including their coach, moments they were found inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
General Bancha Duriyaphan speaks to the press after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance on July 2 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn announced on Monday that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were being rescued from Tham Luang Nang Non cave after they were discovered by naval special forces and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely.
Relatives of the missing boys pray for them and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance on July 2.
Relatives of the missing boys show photos of them after the 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they've been missing for over a week after monsoon rains blocked the main entrance on July 2.
Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn announced on Monday that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach were being rescued from Tham Luang Nang
Non cave after they were discovered by naval special forces and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely.
In this handout photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex on July 2.
Divers prepare the underwater light for the search at on July 2. Rescuers from China and Australia have recently joined the search.
Rescue workers and soldiers work near Tham Luang cave complex, on July 2.
Students pray in Mae Sai Prasitsart School on July 2.
Rescue workers carry heavy water pumping equipments into Tham Luang Nang Non Cave on July 1.
Scuba tanks are delivered to the site for Thai navy & SEAL on July 1. U.S. forces and British divers joined the search as they worked their way through submerged passageways in the sprawling underground caverns.
Helicopter from Thai Air Force carry a mini excavator to the mountain top where they are trying to make a hole to get into Tham Luang Nang Non Cave on July 1.
Famous Buddhist monk Kruba Boonchum of Shan State in Myanmar arrives to perform religious rituals in order to help finding the missing children and their coach at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park on June 30.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha cooks at a mobile kitchen for volunteers and rescue workers near the Tham Luang cave complex, on June 29.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (seated in center) meets family members of missing children and their coach camping out on June 29, during rescue operation of Tham Luang cave.
U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific Search and Rescue team personnel walk out of a cave, on June 28.
Teams of Navy SEAL divers worked their way through submerged passageways in the sprawling underground caverns as senior Thai government officials warned on Wednesday that time is running out and the search intensifies for the young soccer team, aged between 11 to 16, and their their 25-year-old coach, with soldiers and park rangers seeking other entry points into the cave system.
Journalists wait for a press event near Tham Luang cave complex on June 28.
Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, June 26, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
Rescue teams are seen inside of the Tham Luang caves where 13 members of an Under 16 soccer team were trapped in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, June 25.
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Now the boys are in the hospital where new video shows them sitting up in their beds, their relieved parents watching them through a window. It's the result Adun's teacher has been waiting for.
"He's a miracle boy," she said. "I'm so happy he's safe."
Thai Airways is providing round-trip tickets and an all-expenses-paid weeklong trip for all of the international volunteers who worked on the rescue. The tourism authority is also giving them all a five-year visa.
Thai officials said they plan to create an interactive museum at the cave that will feature items such as the clothing worn by rescuers. But for now, the cave is closed.