One of the survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bush crash has begun moving his legs after receiving an experimental spinal surgery in Thailand.

Ryan Straschnitzki nearly kicked his therapist since the surgery and asked if he could hit the gym.

It is a great sign for 20-year old who was one of 13 junior hockey players that was injured when a truck driver blew through a stop sign and collided with the Saskatchewan team’s bus, killing 16 others.

The accident left Straschnitzki paralyzed from the chest down.

The surgery was performed on Monday by Thailand doctors who implanted an epidural stimulator in Straschnitzki’s spine in the hope that it could restore some movement below the level of his injury.

With a remote control like device, the implant sends electrical currents to the spinal cord to stimulate nerves and move his limbs, bypassing traditional pathways.

The implant can be programmed to stimulate certain nerves mapped out by surgeons and therapists.

In a video that the family shared on social media on Wednesday, Straschnitzki is seen on his back with a doctor helping him through the rehabilitation process after surgery.

“One time, (Ryan) almost kicked the therapist – oops,” reads the post on @strazsr’s Twitter feed.

"Therapist is only holding his leg. Ryan is moving it. Then Ryan asks if he can go work out at the mall gym after. The stunned therapist said NO. You just had surgery. Seriously, son. Ha ha."

While he may have been kidding out getting back out there in the gym a bit, you cannot help but love the strong will he has to keep on moving forward after all he has been through. He, and the other survivors of the crash, continually inspire us with their determination to not let it define them.

The experimental surgery can cost up to $100,000 and isn’t covered by health care or insurance. It is also performed in countries such as the United States and Switzerland, but it’s much cheaper in Thailand.

Straschnitzki is likely to stay in Thailand until December.

Prior to his surgery on Monday, his family shared another post on Twitter.

“Before he went in, he texted a guy out here about ice time for (Wednesday).” The post reads. “Ha ha. What a kid.”

A kid we can all learn from.

There is no holding him down. I can see him back on the ice in the future wearing the red maple leaf as a member of Canada’s Paralympic sledge hockey team.