‘Wild Boars’ to Leave Hospital, Speak Publicly

BANGKOK — After more than a week of recovery, 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a cave will walk out of the hospital Wednesday and return their lives.

The 13 will be discharged from the Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital at 6pm this evening, a day earlier than expected. They will also speak to the media for the first time, according to Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk of the public health ministry.

Reporters were asked to submit their questions to psychologists in advance. Jedsada urged the media to pose “creative” questions, saying the boys’ mental health is the priority.

Ratchanee Chalongkuakul, director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Rajanagarindra Institute, said interviews should be as brief as possible and questions open-ended and positive. Ratchanee said questions that make the 13 relive their trauma inside the cave should be avoided.

The interview will be shown on “Thailand Moves Forward” and run for 45 minutes on government-owned channels 5, 9 and 11.

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