Paralyzed survivor of Canadian hockey team bus crash arrives at Shriners

Ryan Straschnitzki is 1 of 13 injured in crash; 16 others killed

Mark Abrams
May 31, 2018 - 8:53 pm
Ryan Straschnitzki speaks about his rehabilitation plan at Shriners Hospital Philadelphia. He is joined by Shriners Care Manager Kimberly Curran (left) and his father, Tom (center).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A paralyzed survivor of the April bus crash in Canada arrived at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment.

A semi-trailer slammed into a bus on a Canadian highway carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team on April 6, killing 16 coaches and players and injuring 13 others, including 19-year-old Ryan Straschnitzki.

Straschnitzki arrived on a stretcher at Shriners via air ambulance from Saskatchewan, located in western Canada.

He was met with attendants at Shriners' North Broad Street entrance along with his father, Tom Straschnitzki.

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Ryan Straschnitzki said he's grateful to be here, but carries the memory of those he lost and those who live on.

"I just keep my teammates in my heart and every day set new goals, new challenges," he said.

"We take it day by day," added Tom Straschnitzki, "or chip by chip as we've been doing it, and just work through it and get him going and better and more independent."

Shriners Care Manager Kimberly Curran said she expects Ryan Straschnitzki will be here for awhile.

"Somewhere around four weeks as an in-patient and then he may transition to do some outpatient therapy," she added.

Ryan Straschnitzki is in good spirits, though: He said while he's here, he wants to try a Philly cheesesteak.