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US NewsBoys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else'

12:30  05 april  2019
12:30  05 april  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The 12 boys who were freed from a cave in Thailand had to be sedated with Ketamine during the rescue, with the medic who administered the horse tranquilizer admitting that he thought their chances of survival were 'zero'.

The boys and their football coach were trapped in darkness in the Tham Luang Cave complex in Thailand from June 23 for 18 days, before they were saved by a team of specialist divers, led by British experts and Thai Navy SEALs.

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Details of the rescue have been revealed in a joint letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, from three Thai medics and an Australian anesthetist.

Previously, rescuers refused to confirm how the boys had been sedated during the mission.

Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Details of the rescue of the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave have been revealed in a joint letter from medics

The Australian anesthetist, Richard Harris, admitted that he was sure the operation was doomed to fail.

He told National Geographic: 'I didn't think it would work at all.

'I expected the first two kids to drown and then we'd have to do something different. I put their odds of survival at zero.' Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Australian anesthetist, Richard Harris, admitted that he was sure the operation was doomed to fail

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The report revealed how the first four boys to be rescued were given sunglasses to protect their eyes because after being trapped in the cave for so long.

The second boy to leave the cave developed hypothermia, despite all 12 of them being given blankets.

Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Wild Boars football team of 12 boys who were rescued from the cave after being trapped for more than two weeks

All of the boys also had their heads and necks immobilized to prevent any spinal injuries during their escape from the narrow cave.

The medics gave the boys Ketamine because of its effect on hypothermia. Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Time was running out as conditions inside the Tham Luang cave deteriorated and divers could barely see their hands in front of their face

Divers involved in the rescue have previously described the conditions as some of the most extreme they have ever faced. Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Divers involved in the rescue have previously described the conditions as some of the most extreme they have ever faced

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Time was running out as conditions inside the Tham Luang cave deteriorated and divers could barely see their hands in front of their face.

Boys rescued from Thai cave WERE sedated with horse tranquiliser Ketamine reveal medics as one says he thought 'the first two would drown and we'd have to try something else' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The divers used a three-inch-thick guide rope they pulled themselves along against the current with one arm while dragging the boys with the other

The boys had held out in chamber 9 and needed to reach chamber 3 where other rescuers would help them over the caverns that weren't flooded.

The divers used a three-inch-thick guide rope they pulled themselves along against the current with one arm while dragging the boys with the other.

One rescuer, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, died after delivering oxygen tanks to the boys before they were liberated from the cave.

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