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Canada Xavier Labelle, Humboldt Bronco seriously injured in bus crash, out of hospital and on his feet

14:56  07 june  2018
14:56  07 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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A player seriously injured in April's fatal Humboldt Broncos bus collision is back on his feet and out of the hospital . "Today I am able to walk and look forward to eventually running and skating," Xavier LaBelle was discharged from Saskatoon City Hospital Wednesday, exactly two months after the crash .

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a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Xavier Labelle, 18, was originally from Saskatoon, before moving out to Humboldt to play with the Broncos for the past two years. He suffered 20 broken bones in the April 6 bush crash but was released from the hospital Wednesday.© Humboldt Broncos website Xavier Labelle, 18, was originally from Saskatoon, before moving out to Humboldt to play with the Broncos for the past two years. He suffered 20 broken bones in the April 6 bush crash but was released from the hospital Wednesday.

A player seriously injured in April's fatal Humboldt Broncos bus collision is back on his feet and out of the hospital.

"Today I am able to walk and look forward to eventually running and skating," Xavier Labelle said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

"I am healing, and I am feeling better every day."

20 broken bones

Labelle sustained several injuries in the April 6 crash involving the hockey team's bus: a fractured skull, a concussion, internal bleeding and about 20 broken bones, including 13 in his spine, one of which required surgery.

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"I have nerve damage impacting my legs and my left arm," Labelle said.

"In the early stages of my recovery I needed help to sit up — help to do all those things we take for granted, like eating and brushing my teeth."

a man standing in front of a building: Humboldt Bronco Xavier Labelle does his physiotherapy treatment at Saskatoon City Hospital in this undated handout photo.© The Canadian Press handout/Tanya Labelle Humboldt Bronco Xavier Labelle does his physiotherapy treatment at Saskatoon City Hospital in this undated handout photo.

Labelle was discharged from Saskatoon City Hospital Wednesday, exactly two months after the crash. He thanked everyone from his doctors to his therapy dogs for helping him recover.

"You all gave me the strength and courage that I needed to start healing and feeling better," he said.

Labelle was initially misidentified in the aftermath of the April 6 crash as a fellow teammate, Parkin Tobin, who had died in the crash.

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On April 6, 2018, sixteen people were killed and thirteen injured when a westbound semi-trailer truck struck a northbound coach bus near Armley, Saskatchewan, Canada. The semi-trailer had failed to yield at a flashing stop sign at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335.

"I have no recollection of the crash, or for about two weeks after," said the 18-year-old defenceman from Saskatoon.

"Learning of the sudden loss of so many of my teammates and the Broncos staff was shocking and heartbreaking."

Set to graduate this month

Labelle underwent school tutoring while in hospital and is poised to graduate from École Canadienne-française later this month.

He ended his statement by recalling a moment from the playoff season that was tragically cut short for Tobin and 15 others .

"Our team began wearing workout shirts with the word 'Believe' across the front," he said. "We believed in each other.

"I believe people will never forget what happened to us. I believe we will get through this together."

Read Labelle's full statement below.

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