WHL player burned in campfire incident to be released from hospital
Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Ryan Vandervlis (middle) celebrates with his teammates in this 2017 photo. (WHLHurricanes/Twitter)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, August 31, 2018 8:32AM EDT
CALGARY -- An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit has tweeted he will be released from a Calgary hospital today.
Ryan Vandervlis of the Lethbridge Hurricanes says in a post on Twitter that he will be discharged from Foothills Medical Centre this afternoon.
Vandervlis was with a group of young men in June who had gathered around a firepit as part of a pre-wedding celebration when a substance was placed in the fire, resulting in burns to half his body.
Two others were also burned but have since been released from hospital.
Vandervlis writes in his post that he still has a "long road ahead."
He says the love and support that he and his family received has been "overwhelming and humbling.
With my discharge from the Foothills coming tomorrow afternoon, I’d like to share a few thoughts that have been constantly on my mind. A long road ahead, yet it is safe to say I’m feeling very loved and confident considering everything that has happened these last several months. pic.twitter.com/TsAdrwQvkM— Ryan Vandervlis (@rvander20) August 30, 2018