Last update of this page: 14 July 2018


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14 y.o.
Also spelled Natthawut Takumsong or Nattawhud Na-Kham-Sai and Nattawut Takamrong - nickname Tem or Term or also Dun.


Tle is among the boys in the cave and suffers from asthma. Tle's parents have spent the last two weeks waiting for him at the front of the cav, as they said they were "worried beyond sick" in case the water in the cave affected him. Friends say he doesn't let his asthma hold him back and he is physically very strong. He had a younger sister who died of cancer and so the family dote on the 14-year-old.

Tie plays as aforward, a striker. He is a grade-eight student at Mae Sai Prasitsart school.

Family friend Chansri Manota said: "When he went missing, I went to the cave and shouted over and over "come home - it's time to come home". Of course there was no answer, and I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. When I see Tle, I will not be able to speak. Just a big hug."

His grandmother, Wankaew Pakhumma, has helped to care for Natthawut since he was three months old, while his mom was away working. His family told they were praying for his safe return, and the first thing they'll do when he's out is throw a birthday party for him.

Pakhumma has been praying at a small shrine in their home every day for his safe return. On the night she found out the boys were alive, every house in the neighborhood came out to celebrate. Pakhumma says she was so excited that she couldn't sleep.


From Tie to his parents
"I missed you mum and dad and [illegible name]. I love you mum and dad, please don't worry, I can take care of myself."

From Tie's mother To all the boys
"Now every parent is waiting and supporting you. We are not angry at you. Please, take good care of yourself and cover yourself up with blankets. It's cold, and I'm worried about you. You will be out in a short time. Daddy Sak and mother Ae are waiting for you.
Patchanee Takhamsong (Mother Ae) "


Fotos from: Thai Cave Rescue, Thai Rath & Facebook: Ekatol
The picture at the right showb Tie in his Boy-Scouts uniform.

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