Connect with us

Chiang Rai

Australian doctor reveals about the complicated sedation of Mu Pa 13

Tanutam Thawan



Dr Richard Harris, the Australian doctor involved in the Tham Luang cave rescue, has revealed new details about the sedation of the young football team, following a ceremony at Government House in his home city of Adelaide on Thursday where he received a standing ovation.

Thai PBS reports that Dr Harris spoke about howhe taught the other divers how to administer dangerous anaesthetic drugs so they could maintain the sedation for the Mu Pa (wild boar) team mid-rescue, according to ABC News Australia. He said that keeping the team members calm and sedated throughout the rescue was a key to the success – any panic would have been life-threatening for the boy being rescued and the rescue diver helping through the labyrinth of the Tham Luang caves.

Richard says the anaesthetic used during the risky rescue only lasted up to an hour, and it took about three hours to get each of the 12 boys and their soccer coach out.

“I had to basically teach the other cavers, the divers, to re-administer the sedation when the time was right. All the children needed re-sedation at different times on the way out.” Dr Harris said.

Dr Harris has praised the courage of the other divers for administering the dangerous drugs to the youngsters while they were in the middle of the cave rescue.

“They took that on themselves to administer essentially life-threatening anaesthetic drugs to kids to keep them sedated enough to get them out of the cave, and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with those blokes,” he said.

Australian doctor reveals about the complicated sedation of Mu Pa 13 | News by Thaiger

The ceremony at the South Australian Government House came only two days after Dr Harris and his dive partner, West Australian vet Craig Challen, were presented with the second-highest Australian bravery decoration for “acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril” by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in the Australian capital, Canberra.

They, and seven other Australian involved in the cave rescue, were also awarded an Order of the Medal of Australia after Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull sought to fast-track the process to bestow official honours.

Speaking at the Adelaide ceremony, Dr Harris said at many times during the operation, the prospect of success looked bleak.

“The sense of responsibility for those little kids was overwhelming, and … the fact that our rescue strategy worked, and not just once but 13 times, still seems beyond the realms of possibility and I’m pinching myself that this has been the outcome,” he said.

Australian doctor reveals about the complicated sedation of Mu Pa 13 | News by Thaiger


Australian doctor reveals about the complicated sedation of Mu Pa 13 | News by Thaiger


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand28 mins ago

Nearly 70,000 foreigners register for vaccines on expatvac site

Bangkok1 hour ago

Worker rescued from outside 26th floor after alleged rope cut

Tourism2 hours ago

38 countries reportedly on short list for no-quarantine reopening

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Tourism3 hours ago

Tourism operators: Russians and others need clear entry rules

World4 hours ago

Australian suspected gas leak is actually familiar smell for Thais

Bangkok5 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation provides food relief for animals in flood-hit central Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Hot News16 hours ago

Thai Twitter goes crazy as Russell Crowe tweets Sandbox visit

Crime19 hours ago

Transgender woman arrested for selling live sex show on LINE

Crime20 hours ago

Thai woman charged with trafficking women to Bahrain for sex

Thailand News Today20 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Arrival quarantine waived for 5 countries, The new Thailand pass | Oct. 15

Crime20 hours ago

Chon Buri Police arrest 30 people in luxury resort gambling raid

Guides21 hours ago

5 Thai cooking classes in Phuket

Politics22 hours ago

Bill Clinton hospitalised with blood infection

Guides22 hours ago

Thailand’s most magical festival: Yi Peng

Guides22 hours ago

The most popular Northern Thai dishes

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11