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Potential health concerns after boys and coach rescued from Thailand cave

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It was a collective 'sigh of relief' heard around the world this morning when the 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued safely out of a cave in Thailand.

But the road ahead could be a long and difficult one in terms of their health.

The world was watching as the young boys and their soccer coach were brought out of a cave in Thailand after being trapped for 18 days.
 
The unprecedented rescue was made possible by Navy Seal divers as they navigated the treacherous and flooded maze.
 
Now, the boys and their coach are resting at local hospitals but their road to becoming healthy again may be a long and tough one.
 
"First you have to worry about the physical problems, malnutrition, dehydration, infections of all sorts because they were running into germs they weren't normally run into," said Nurse Kristine Stack. 
 
Thai officials said some of the boys are being treated for pneumonia and have been getting vaccinations, but Nurse Stack from the Mental Health Association in Springfield said it goes far beyond the physical ailments.

There could be concerns like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 
"One would worry about triggers being darkness, water, tight spaces, and this will be ongoing. Usually symptoms of PTSD can start soon after but for some people, it can be years from now where they will begin to have trouble," Nurse Stack noted. 
 
Nurse Stack told Western Mass News the reunification with their parents could also be hard because of how young the boys are.
 
"Being reunited with their family members, that was the separation from their family in and of itself for children that age is traumatic. Twelve days is forever. It would be forever for any of us in those circumstances, but especially when you're that young and every moment I would think am I ever going to get out of here," Nurse Stack added.

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