Austin Hatch Makes Progress, Continues to Fight

Dylan Burkhardt

Many commenters and readers have asked how they are able to provide support for Austin and his family. Right now, the best way is to post a message on Austin’s Caring Bridge website. There will also be updates on Austin’s condition posted to the website, here’s the latest:

Austin is still in ICU.  His condition remains critical but stable.  A recent CT Scan shows no worsening in his condition.  The major objective is to minimize stimulation to allow him to heal.  His Care Team is limiting visitors to immediate family only to aid in his healing.  The family sincerely appreciates all thoughts and prayers.

Austin is still not completely out of his medically induced coma, but most signs were encouraging today as he reportedly moved all four extremities and is moving in the right direction:

“I’m sure he will be in a coma for a few more days as they continue to work on him. But they think he’s out of the woods. They didn’t know initially if he was going to make it but I think he will make it now and we’re praising God for that,” said [Blackhawk Teaching Pastor Steve] Webster.

Dave Telep reports that the Michigan staff will be able to visit Austin and provide the necessary support by attending funerals. One of Austin’s best friends from high school emphasizes that Austin is a fighter and will make it through this ordeal:

“He’s definitely one of the toughest guys I know,” said VanHorn, 16. “We’ve known each other our whole lives. If there’s anyone who can make it through this tragedy … it’s definitely him.”.

257953760-27111654[1]The Hatch family was flying with both of their family dogs and one canine miraculously escaped the accident unharmed. Brady was picked up by the Humane Society on Monday afternoon after someone called in a report of a stray dog and they were able to identify him by his microchip:

“They put two and two together,” Whitley said, and concluded that Brady must have also been on the plane.

Whitley said the police were notified and a friend of the Hatch family picked Brady up Sunday.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” Whitley said of Brady’s survival and apparent absence of injuries. “Our thoughts are, this is (Austin’s) dog, this will maybe be one little bright spot in an otherwise horribly horrific situation,” she said.

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  • Grandchamp21

    Keep fighting Austin

  • TheYooper

    I can’t believe I’m in the same grade as Austin yet he’s already been through so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
    He overcame a plane crash once, I believe he can do it again. He sounds like an amazing person who hopefully can still join the Michigan basketball family.

  • Jayhawk4U

    Get well, Austin.  We’re all pulling for you.

  • A2JD

    Thanks for the update.  Hopefully, even better news is on it’s way.  We’re all rooting for Austin.

  • Brick93

    Great news.  Thanks for the update.  I can’t wait to hear more positive reports.

  • Brian_W_97

    That’s great news about Austin’s condition stabling and the coaches being able to help provide him with some emotional support and visit him.  Hopefully there’s good news about his condition improving and him being out of the coma soon.  God bless, Austin.

    I was really surprised to see that Monte Morris was at the WMU elite camp (?).  Would rather see him donning the maize and blue and not the icky bronco brown…

  • tmessIUfan

    Our Prayers go out to you Austin. Hope to see continued progress and see you back up on your feet soon. God Bless.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I am an IU fan but a Ft. Wayne native…my thoughts and prayers will be with Austin and his family.  Hopefully he can recover and get back onto the floor!

    Best of luck!

  • Billiam

    Thank you for posting the link which allows us to contact Austin’s close circle directly.  Will send a message to him. 

  • SamGoBlue

    Public message issued by John Beilein regarding Hatch situation:

  • Hairfling

    I cant begin to imagine! I am in constant prayer….loosing my child seems so difficult to overcome!…..praying everyday for what God has planned….Austin has touched me in brief times, I thought of his first family tragedy….and told myself if happiness can happen after such loss then it can be in time possible for me! He has something great for us… carry us all to…to show the world that anything is possible….with FAITH,HOPE,and LOVE! We love you Austin, we have faith in you! I have all the hope to see what God has planned for you to be!! Muaaah! Thoughts,prayers,and waiting for more updates!

  • D’Ann and Carl Rothenberger

    Actually, Brady was picked up theHumane Society on Saturday following Friday night’s crash..He was lying on our front porch about 4-5 blocks from the airport.We gave him water and called Animal Control knowing if he was allowed to run, he might be hurt.  About a half an hour after Jim picked him up-my husband received a call from the Humane Society telling us Brady had been i
    n the plane crash…We are so pleased he chose our porch to rest on!!!

  • Bob Miller

    Austin: The Michigan family throughout the world have you in their prayers. Keep fighting and God bless you.