a terrible blight on our fine country
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.
More encouraging news on Austin Hatch, via his CaringBridge page:
Austin has had another successful week of therapy. His progress appears to be accelerating. As one family member says, "Every day is a great day". While he misses his parents deeply, he emulates their example in his humility, genuine care/concern for others and his steadfast faith. His visitors this past week were especially encouraging to him. He ate Buffalo Wild Wings, one of his favorites, during the exciting Michigan football victory last Saturday.
Good to hear that more visitors are now being allowed to visit with Austin. This is the latest CaringBridge update from the Hatch family:
Another great week by a determined and hard working student athlete. Austin has a beautiful attitude and is enjoying day visits with close friends and family. We are following the medical staff advice to control the visitor schedule to no more than three at a time to allow him to focus on his recovery. While the length of the rehab program is still unclear, he looks forward to returning to home and normal activities.