Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player moves legs after life-changing surgery
A hockey player from Alberta who was paralyzed in the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash just last year has undergone a spinal surgery in Thailand, allowing him movement of his legs.
Been following Bronco stories. The inspiration you’ve spread through your optimism and strength is amazing. It’s greater than a champion athlete can offer in a lifetime. Thank you for being real heroes. We’re in awe and cheering you on. ❤️— B Diesel (@BDiesel6) November 7, 2019
Ryan Straschnitzki's family posted a video on Twitter showing the 20-year-old in action after the surgery in Thailand.
Mapping of the device begins.Learning to control legs. One time almost kicked therapist. Opps Therapist is only holding his leg. Ryan is moving it. Then Ryan asks if he can go work out at the Mall Gym after. The stunned therapist said NO. You just had surgery. Seriously son. Haha pic.twitter.com/QTKqfq3AEf— Strazsr (@strazsr) November 6, 2019
Straschnitzki was one of 13 Humboldt players injured when a transport truck collided with the Saskatchewan team's bus, killing 16 others in April 2018. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the waist down from the crash.
Just finished facetiming with Ryan Straschnitzki from Bangkok where he said his groundbreaking surgery is the most exciting development in his life since the bus crash. "Honestly, I don’t know if this is the cure to get walking again, but it’s pretty damn close." Story to follow.— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) November 7, 2019
Just as the whole country joined in offering words of support after the crash last year, many have been doing the same post-surgery.
Ryan's journey up to this point has been one filled with strength, perseverance and belief. I hope that there is only more good news the rest of the way ❤.— Marvin Matthews 🇨🇦 (@krimar) November 7, 2019
The surgery was done in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, and is intended to restore some movement in Straschintzki's legs. A new implant sends electrical currents to the spinal cord to stimulate nerves to move his limbs.
Thanks. And NOT experimental. They have done over 70 with European and Asian country’s and about 22 From North America. So its far from Experimental. Not offered in Canada (Just a tad behind) and some places in USA are experimental. So there ya have it People. https://t.co/pDQTwyLNYH— Strazsr (@strazsr) November 7, 2019
According to Straschnitzki's family member this surgery has been done close to 1oo times across the world. So far, the surgery is not offered in Canada.
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