Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel was the first to be saved from the crash that killed 19 of his team-mates. He was critical and suffered multiple fractures.
In a newly released video, Alan showed he was making an impressive recovery. He also thanked everyone who prayed and supported him ever since the crash. He says he will soon return to Brazil.
“I would like to tell you that I am recovering very well, I will soon come back to Brazil to finish my recovery. “
“I would like to thank all of you, for the support given and by the vows of affection that I also received, I just wanted to thank everyone, thank you very much.”
During the first stage of his recovery, Alan only communicated through gestures as stated by his fiancee,
“He only communicates with gestures at the moment. He is able to move his legs when I talk to him, which the doctor’s say is an absolutely huge improvement. The wonderful medical staff also said he is out a danger. I am ecstatic that he has come so far so quickly.”
The video showed Alan Ruschel taking steps at the Colombian hospital where he was rushed to after the rescue. He was moving with the help of an Orthopaedic doctor, Marcos Andre Sonagli, who held his hands as he took baby steps.
The doctor has confirmed that the defender does not have a spinal damage.
“He’s well, conscious and has not suffered a spinal cord injury… he has even walked.”
In respect to the fallen heroes, it was announced this week that Chapecoense would be named Copa Sudamericana champions after an official request from Atletico Nacional, who they were due to play in a two-leg final.
Investigations revealed that the crash occurred because the plane was out of fuel and out of power. The airline chief has been arrested for incompetence.