The milestone comes following spinal surgery that was performed on 20-year old Ryan Straschnitzki in Thailand on Monday.
Wednesday marked another milestone in the recovery story of 20-year-old Humbolt Broncos crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki.
Following spinal surgery in Thailand on Monday, a video posted to twitter by Straschnitzki's family shows him bending his right leg back and forth.
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
On Monday, doctors implanted an epidural stimulator in Straschnitzki's spine, a small device that will send electrical currents through his spinal cord to try to stimulate nerves and move limbs. While the surgery is available in the United States and Switzerland, it is significantly more affordable in Thailand.
Straschnitzki, from Airdrie, Alberta, was among the 13 players who were injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6, 2018. The crash, which ultimately claimed the lives of 16 Bronco players and staff including Bronco's Coach Darcy Haugan, rocked the nation. Outpourings of support came from coast to coast, as Canadians mourned the tragedy, while also showing solidarity with survivors and all others impacted by the crash.
Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down in the accident.
While he does not expect it to be a complete cure, Straschnitzki hopes it will restore some muscle movement, as well as grant him some more independence.