Austin Hatch Out of the Hospital and Back HomePosted by nvr1983 on October 10th, 2011
When Austin Hatch was involved in a plane crash on June 24 that killed his father and stepmother just a little over a week after he had committed to play for Michigan it was a tragedy that made headlines beyond your typical incident involving an injured high school athlete as it was the second plane crash (both piloted by his father Stephen, an anesthesiologist) that Hatch had survived and the second that had taken a family member (the first killed his mother). After a challenging hospital course spent recovering from a serious head injury, punctured lung, and various fractures as well as some time at a rehabilitation center, Hatch returned home over the weekend. As expected, the family is releasing very few details about Hatch including his condition and even where he is staying since he had been living with his now deceased parents. In a released statement, the family said, “While Austin has made great improvements, he still has obstacles to overcome as he continues to heal, grieve and acclimate to life after tragedy.”
At this time, the family has asked the media to respect their privacy and that Austin would not be made available for interviews for the time being although they are maintaining his CaringBridge site that may be updated at some point. Like others in the college basketball community we wish Austin the best in his recovery as he tries to rehab and cope with the loss of his parents.