The 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were today informed of the sacrifice made by Petty Officer 1st Class Samarn Gunan, and ex-Navy SEAL who lost his life during the dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang on July 6.
Dr Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, the public health permanent secretary, said doctors and psychiatrists looking after the young patients believe that have been physically and mentally rehabilitated enough to be told of what happened to Samarn who has been hailed as a hero for his heroic action.
They all broke down into tears upon being told of the sacrifice he made and together stood up in silence to pay tributes to Samarn. They also jointly drew a picture of him to convey their condolences.
He said they also made a pledge to be good citizens to repay for what Samarn and all others have done to save their lives. A video clip showing the young footballers paying tributes to Samarn was also released today.
A royally-sponsored cremation was held for Samarn in Roi-et yesterday. His Majesty the King has posthumously promoted Samarn to the rank of lieutenant commander – an unprecedented rise of seven ranks.
Dr Jessada said the latest medical report from the director of Chiang Rai hospital shows all the 12 patients making gradual recovery and are allowed to have close contacts with their visiting families.
The 13 young patients, who were rescued in a high-profile operation that captivated the world after being trapped for 17 days in Tham Luang cave, are scheduled to discharged from the hospital this coming Thursday. But doctors have advised against exposing them to the media in the next one month, fearing some could develop post-traumatic stress disorder.