The "Wild Boars" football team are recovering in hospital following 18 days spent inside the Tham Luang cave after entering on June 23 and getting trapped by monsoon floodwaters.
In addition to the severe weight loss and dehydration, numerous young men had also contracted pneumonia, but by the time of publication, most had recovered from their illness according to Thai Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.
"My body is now starting to return to normal, I want to eat sushi", another boy says, according to the translation.
"I knew that we had a good team, with good support from the Thai authorities, the caving community and rescue organisations, so we had the best we could do to make a plan work".
"We were very relieved that they were all alive but I think at that point we realised the enormity of the situation and that's perhaps why it took a while to get them all out".
Saman Kunan, 37, died on July 6 while placing oxygen tanks in the cave in preparation for the rescue, which was successfully completed last week over three consecutive days beginning on Sunday.
Members of the "Wild Boars" football team at a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand in a photo released by the government.
Adul is perhaps the best known of the boys because he was the one speaking English in the video taken inside the cave when the team members were first found by two British cave divers on July 2, almost 10 days after being trapped by flooding.
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"I want pork knuckle rice", said Duangpetch Promtep, 13.
The story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their daring rescue.
Parents of the boys have since been advised by doctors not to speak to the press for at least a month, as they recover from the traumatic experience.
Medics said the boys were only considered mentally strong enough on Saturday to hear the news of Mr Kunan.
The boys were trapped for more than two weeks in the cave.
Members of the Thai Navy SEALs team arrived home to their base at Sattahip, feted by the Thai people but saddened by the loss of their colleague.
"It's really nice to be back home with my friends and family", Dr Harris said.
"I think that the children who went through this ordeal in the cave were heroes in their own right, and the Thai SEALs themselves went above and beyond - I would class them as heroes", Major Alex Rubin from the Australian Defence Force said.