One member of the Humboldt Broncos seriously injured in the April 6th bus crash that claimed 16 lives is speaking out.
Ryan Straschnitzky is now recovering in Calgary. He was paralyzed after the crash, but he has already stated he wants to be a member of the national sledge hockey team if the chance arises.
Straschnitzky says his goal is to get better each day as the road to recovery continues.
“Every day, just wanting to set a challenge for myself to get better, and that’s basically it,” Straschnitzky says. “Just setting those challenges and exceeding people’s expectations.”
The 19 year old says he was texting when all of a sudden he heard someone go “WHOA” followed by the impact of the bus being hit by a semi-trailer.
Straschnitzkysays he sees improvement each day.
“It’s been getting better every day, even the physio doctors say it’s great sessions, they think I’m doing better and better, so it’s good.”
He adds it is his hope that one day he gets to the point where he can walk again. He says some have said he won’t be able to, but he wants to put the work in and prove those people wrong.
On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority said another injured person has left hospital meaning five remain. None of those five are in critical condition.