A Chapecoense Player Who Survived Plane Crash Is Walking Again
The first Chapecoense player to be pulled from the wreckage of the disaster that killed 19 of his team-mates is on his way to recovery
27-year-old defender Alan Ruschel was the first survivor to be rescued from the mountainside crash site in Colombia and suffered multiple fractures.
All but six of the 77 people on board were killed after it reportedly ran out of fuel mid-flight.
Ruschel has since been transferred to the Somer Clinic in Rionegra, Colombia, and is making steady progress and is already walking again.
The player recorded a video message in which he walks with the help of orthopaedic doctor Marcos Andre Sonagli, he also gives a thumbs up to the camera.
He said: "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."
Doctor Sonagli added: "He's well, conscious and has not suffered a spinal cord injury... he has even walked."
Ruschel has made huge strides in his road to recovery, last week his 24-year-old fiancee revealed last week how 'he only communicated with gestures'.
71 people lost their lives when the British-made Avro RJ85 aircraft came down in flight to Medellin, where Brazilian side Chapecoense were due to play in the Copa Sudamericana final.
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