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‘God has His Hand on Me’: Michigan Senior’s Inspiring Faith in Face of Unimaginable Tragedy By Carly Hoilman

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University of Michigan senior Austin Hatch is a living legend. The 23-year-old became well known after he survived two plane crashes in 2003 and 2011 that collectively took the lives of his entire immediate family.

But even more remarkable than his story of survival is this young man’s infectious message of perseverance, a message that’s carried University of Michigan’s men’s basketball team all the way to the NCAA Final Four.

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Hatch’s miraculous success story began after he survived a plane crash in 2003 that claimed the lives of his mother, brother, and sister. Despite injuries sustained during the crash, he went on to become an all-star high school basketball player.

Then, in June 2011, nine days after Hatch committed to Michigan, he was involved in a second plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, and left him in a coma for eight weeks, The Blade reported. He would spend the next two years re-learning how to do basic things like walking, eating, and even breathing.

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