Report: Michigan recruit leaves hospital

BY foxsports • October 10, 2011

University of Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch, who was left in a coma after a plane crash in June, was well enough to leave the hospital over the weekend, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported Monday.

"We are extremely thankful and relieved that Austin is home with us," his family said Sunday in an emailed statement to the paper.

Hatch's father and stepmother were killed when a private plane went down near Charlevoix, northern Michigan, on June 24.

Hatch, from Fort Wayne, Ind., survived a similar crash in 2003, while his mother, brother and sister died. His father was the pilot on both occasions.

The forward made a verbal commitment to be part of the Wolverines' 2013 recruiting class not long before the accident. He had been hospitalized at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich., and was in a medically-induced coma for the first week.

The family said Hatch had made "great improvements," but "still has obstacles to overcome as he continues to heal, grieve and acclimate to life after tragedy."

He suffered a serious head injury, a punctured lung and fractured his ribs and collar bone in the crash, which occurred as the family headed to their summer home in northern Michigan.

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