Doctor worried about impact of cave rescue movie on boys

A PUBLIC Health Ministry doctor has voiced concern that any movie made about the rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave could affected their mental well-being unless it is vetted in advance, INN News reported this morning (July 20, 2018).

Dr Amphorn Benchapholphitak, deputy director-general of the Department of Health and spokesperson of the Public Health Ministry, pointed out that the impact on them would depend on how the movie is made and what direction it takes.

She added that while the boys, who are all healthy, returned home on Wednesday (July 18, 2018), and had all been well-prepared for the global media coverage and attention on them, the media should give them some space to go back to living normal lives.

Those close to them should also monitor their online activities.

Meanwhile Army medic Lt Col  Dr Pak Loharnshoon, who stayed with the rescued boys and their coach in the flooded cave for several days, today went to Wat Phra That Sai Muang temple at Thachilek town in Myanmar to pay his respects to Phra Khuva Boonchum (aka Maing Hpone Sayadaw) who had prayed at the entrance of the cave when they were all still trapped in there.

He also donated some money to Doi Wieng Kaew foundation.

Phra Khuva Boonchum amassed additional prominence in Thailand and Myanmar during the Tham Luang cave rescue by accurately predicting when the trapped boys would be discovered and that they would be found alive, Wikipedia said.
Top: The 12 rescued boys, their coach and Dr Amphorn  give a “wai” prior to their departure from the hospital. Photo: INN News

Below: Dr Pak paying respects to Phra Khuva Boonchum. Photo: INN News

Dr Pak with Myanmar monk