Her words are likely to give comfort to the 12 boys who were last seen in a recent video that showed them recovering in isolation at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital after more than two weeks underground.
The last of the 12-member Wild Boars team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night. Nearly immediately after they entered the caverns, a torrential seasonal downpour flooded the systems behind them, trapping them deep within the caves.
"I want pork knuckle rice, said 13-year-old Duangpetch Promtep".
The hunt to find them turned into an worldwide rescue operation involving thousands of people, from specialist divers to an army of local volunteers. I am very thank you for help me.
Tim Acton, 39, said: "Our job was to get them out, not to medically check on them, but you couldn't help noticing how terribly vulnerable they were".
They, eight other United Kingdom divers and Thai Navy Seals guided them out.
The world soccer governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the boys and their coach to attend the final in Moscow but they cannot go for medical reasons.
The rescue gripped the world, with much praise focusing on the navy SEALs and worldwide team of divers who helped them, toiling for days in unsafe conditions to get the boys out.
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He said there was concern that the youths could be vulnerable to infection from visitors when recovering at home, as they were still weak.
Sompong Jaiwong, nicknamed Pong, added: "Thank you everyone from around the globe for helping us".
"We were just using a very, very unique skill set which we normally use for our own interest", he said. The operation claimed the life of Thai navy diver Saman Kunan, who died while replenishing oxygen canisters.
That's what the 12 rescued Thai boys and their soccer coach will seek out after they finally leave the hospital next week.
Each of the boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, are shown sitting upright in their hospital beds, appearing healthy in hospital gowns and surgical masks.
Speaking on his return to the UK, Mr Stanton said: "Are we heroes?"
The group entered the Tham Luang cave located in the northern province of Chiang Rai during an excursion on June 23 after completing a football training session when a sudden storm flooded their way out.