A hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is planning to head to Thailand in his quest to get better.
Ryan Straschnitzki of Airdrie, Alta. plans to undergo an experimental surgical procedure on his spine that he hopes can restore some movement below the level of his injury.
“It’s kind of cool. Turning humans into robots,” the 19-year-old said with a laugh in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.
Straschnitzki and 12 others on the Saskatchewan junior hockey team were injured when a semi truck blew through a stop sign and into the path of the team’s bus last April.
Sixteen people died.
Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down. He hopes the surgery might help him improve his daily life.