Boys rescued from Thai cave were sedated with ketamine

(CNN)Medics who treated the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in Thailand last year credit the drug ketamine with playing a key role in the daring and dangerous mission to extract them. In a joint letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, three Thai medics and an Australian anesthetist who was involved in the rescue said the boys also wore full-face masks supplying oxygen and poorly fitting wetsuits. They detailed the care the boys received in a field hospital immediately after they left the cave, giving a sense of the perilous nature of the rescue mission. The first four boys were given sunglasses to protect their eyes because they had not been exposed to the …