I thought the following tweet from Kyle Bogenschutz of Fox Sports/Scout was encouraging to hear and worth posting:
Talking with [Mark] Donnal he mentioned his good friend Austin Hatch told him he's shooting "about as good as he did before the accident" #awesome— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) February 18, 2012
Also, Sam Webb has tweeted that Hatch will be in attendance at the Ohio game tonight, along with Mark Donnal and Derrick Walton Jr. I believe I read earlier that Zak Irvin will be there as well. (EDIT: That's the entire 2013 class.)
Dave Dye, in a FOX Sports Detroit article, is able to provide some more information about where Austin Hatch stands in his recovery. The overall picture seems quite encouraging. Some excerpts below.
On his attending school:
"He's really making significant progress," said Ken Harkenrider, the athletic director at Canterbury High, Hatch's school. "He doesn't go to all his classes. That would be overwhelming in terms of the length of the day. But he is spending a part of each day in school. It's exciting."
On his continued involvement with the Canterbury basketball team:
"He's been on the bench with the team for games," Harkenrider said. "They've had one away game and he traveled on the bus with them. The other day, he was shooting some free throws."
On his future in basketball:
Greg Jones, an editor for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's high school sports coverage, said he's been told that Hatch is determined to return to basketball.
Hatch has been spotted working out occasionally at different local gyms in recent weeks.
"It's kind of a good distraction, motivation and a goal for him," Jones said. "He definitely has the desire. Time will tell whether physically he's able to do it."
According to a brief WANE item, Austin Hatch's family released a statement today that says:
"Austin continues to make great strides in his rehabilitation; this first year is vital to the recovery process. As a result, it is unlikely that Austin's physicians will clear him to play basketball this season."
Regardless of when he might be able to get back on the court, it's good to hear that he continues to make progress in his recovery.
WANE.com has a brief item on Austin Hatch attending his high school team's first game of the season tonight:
Tuesday night, Austin got the chance to thank some of his Canterbury High School teammates who have been so supportive of him.
Canterbury played its first game of the 2011-2012 season against Central Noble High School Tuesday night. While Austin wasn’t able to play, he was there to cheer on his team. He gave several teammates high-fives during warm-ups and watched the game from the bench.
WANE also posted a video, which can be found here (and below).
Austin Hatch was released from the hospital (presumably on Sunday) and is now recovering at home. From a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article:
“We are extremely thankful and relieved that Austin is home with us,” Hatch’s family said Sunday in an emailed statement.
The family, however, did not say where “home” will be for Hatch . . .
. . .
According to Hatch’s family, he has recovered much since then, but they tempered expectations.
“While Austin has made great improvements, he still has obstacles to overcome as he continues to heal, grieve and acclimate to life after tragedy,” the statement said.
. . .
Hatch’s family asked that the news media and others respect his privacy, saying that he is not ready to be interviewed.
Great to hear he's out of the hospital. Best wishes for his continued recovery.
This latest CaringBridge update on Austin Hatch seems to offer some clear indications of how far his recovery has progressed:
Austin is steadily improving in all dimensions. While there are tough moments, he responds quickly by keeping his eye on the prize----getting home ASAP. This week, he started aquatic therapy in a pool where he can practice "running" in a safe manner. He dearly misses his friends and school mates and is thankful he has access to a cell phone to keep in touch. He make so many calls, we've had to set a 10:00pm (Eastern) phone curfew.