After 333 days, the last Bronco in hospital finally goes home

Story by CBC Kids News • 2019-03-07 15:09

Morgan Gobeil spent 11 months in hospital

After the devastating Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April, the assistant coach brought a sign to the hospital that said “Believe.”

His plan was to leave it there until the last injured player was released.

That finally happened this week, 11 months later.

Morgan Gobeil went home after 333 days in hospital.

Gobeil’s road to recovery is not over yet, though.

He still can’t walk or talk.

His family says it remains “hopeful that those will be the kind of milestones we will someday be able to celebrate.”

Gobeil was one of 13 players injured in the crash.

A hockey jersey planted on a stick in the snow reads

A memorial for the 2018 crash is shown at the crash site in Tisdale, Sask. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Sixteen people died when the bus they were travelling in collided with a semi truck.

The driver of the truck has claimed responsibility for the crash and apologized.

He will find out his jail sentence on March 22.

Celebrated many events in hospital

Over the past 11 months, Gobeil has undergone many hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy, his family said in a statement.

He has also celebrated many events from the hospital, including his graduation from high school, his 19th birthday and his brother’s wedding.

“He has witnessed the change of all four seasons,” they said.

A teenage boy stands outside in a suit, smiling

Morgan Gobeil in July 2016. (Morgan Gorbeil/Instagram)

Gobeil will continue treatment as an outpatient at the Saskatoon City Hospital.

In a statement, his family said it was grateful for the support from the community.

"The messages, phone calls, visits, meals, gifts, but most importantly your prayers, have truly carried us through," the statement read.

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