There's still so much more to go, but for Austin Hatch, the Michigan basketball recruit who survived the second plane crash of his life in June, significant progressed has occured. He's able to talk -- even sing! -- and is putting down solid foods.
Monday night, we saw the 12th update from Hatch's Journal. It was written anonymously by someone I can only assume has spent hours and hours by his side, sacrificed sleep, work and luxury.
This is far and away the most encouraging update yet on Hatch's condition.
Austin is well underway with his a-maize-ing comeback. Although his recovery will be long and difficult, his progress causes us to rejoice and hope. A few highlights from the past week are:
-So far Austin prefers chili rather than hamburger or ravioli
-Austin sang 'Hail to the Victors' with us
-Austin is working hard on his mobility skills
'Team Austin' includes a wonderful group of therapists who push him hard and all of us celebrate his success. Austin and his family are especially mindful of all his classmates and the entire Canterbury family as they returned to school today.
We've seen incremental signs of improvement from Hatch, but nothing like this until now. Nearly two months after the plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, this is the most positive news yet. And if you missed it earlier this month, I can't recommend this Elizabeth Merrill feature on Hatch enough. It's tactful and eloquent.If you're still compelled to, you can sign his Guestbook page at CaringBridge.org. He's closing in on 2,000 messages. Send him over the top.