We are all familiar with the Austin Hatch story - the 2 plane crashes, losing both parents and both siblings, Beilein honoring his scholarship. But this story goes deeper and introduces you more to Austin the person.
"Arnold Barnett, an MIT statistician, said the odds of surviving a plane crash with one fatality involved is one-in-3.4 million. So, I survived two of those, with multiple fatalities in both. So, the odds of surviving those two crashes is one-in-11 quadrillion and 560 trillion. That's a 14-digit number."
"I believe I'm here for a reason. I believe in a higher power, but I had to do my part, too. And it was almost like my dad was preparing me. We go through the first accident together, and I wasn't really hurt that bad physically. The emotional pain was obviously tough, with losing my family -- my mom, brother and sister. It was so tough for him, too, losing his wife and his two kids. Getting ready to get married now, I can't imagine what it must have been like for him."
This story gives further insight into the incredible young man. It tells of his meeting his girlfriend and their engagement. It discusses the profound role his faith has had in helping him through incredible trials than most of us will never come close to experiencing. It also discusses his future, including this amazing quote from Austin:
"My head injury doesn't allow me to do all the work in medical school," said Hatch. "I could've done that before, but my head injury was so severe. It set me back. I still do pretty well in school, but I just think differently. I can't memorize everything I need to for a chemistry or anatomy exam. I do better with problem solving. They didn't have to surgically remove any parts of my brain. So, I'd like to think I'm not any less intelligent than I was."
Austin Hatch - Michigan man. Hats off to an amazing man with a bright future!