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Doctor weighs in on treatment for rescued soccer team

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 22:57:44-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - All twelve boys and their soccer coach are out of the cave in Thailand. The survivors are under doctors' supervision.

The players and coach are isolated because doctors don't know what type of sickness they may have picked up.

"They were exposed to water and we don't know what was in the water," Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina explained when he outlined the future treatment. "They could have infections. You have to be concerned about pneumonia and even things like asthma," he added.

Dr. Lacagnina said the medical team will also look out for everyone's mental health. The stranded team had to wait nine days to be found. The total rescue mission took 17 days.

"What are the mental consequences of these kids trapped for so long," Lacagnina said.

He said the team should receive counseling in the future to look out for post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Sometimes the stress of that makes you a stronger person," Lacagnina said. "It's really hard to tell," he added.