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Thai Youth Soccer Team Finally Leaves Hospital

July 18, 2018 - 8:36 am

CHIANG RAI, Thailand​ (WCBS 880/AP) -- Members of a Thai youth soccer team who were trapped in a cave left the hospital and appeared at a news conference Wednesday.

The 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach had been pronounced generally healthy by doctors, aside from some minor infections.

At the conference, the boys were met with applause from the media and classmates. They also put on a quick demonstration of their ball-handling skills in a special miniature soccer field set up in the hall.

They then hugged their friends before taking seats up front with doctors and others who helped them during their ordeal.

Doctors took the first two questions, and said the 13 were healthy in body and mind. Doctors said the boys gained around 6 lbs. on average since they were rescued from the cave last week.

They were said to have lost an average of 9 lbs. during the more than two weeks they were trapped in the cave.

The group entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23 but was soon trapped by flooding. Divers found them 10 days later and rescuers eventually extracted them over three days, concluding July 10.