Web site dedicated to teen after accident

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By Jennifer Corbett

Since June 18, Justin Hatchett has had seven surgeries, received more than 60 units of blood and plasma and a tracheotomy. Even though there is a long road ahead of him, his sister Jessica said Justin is doing very well despite what has happened to him.

The Springfield Sun reported that Hatchett was operating a tractor at his family’s farm on Mackville-Springfield Highway around 9 a.m. June 18 when it suddenly overturned. Hatchett was reportedly penned under the machine for nearly 30 minutes while rescue crews tried to save him.

Since Justin’s family is spread across the USA, Jessica said their cousin came up with the idea to start a Web site to keep the family updated instead of constant calls streaming into the Intensive Care Unit at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, where Justin is currently.

Jessica said the Web site gets updates whenever they find something out about Justin’s progress.

Seven surgeries later, Jessica said Justin is doing very well and his last surgery went very good, adding that Justin has been awake in his room.

But most of all, Jessica said that her family appreciates the thoughts and prayers from the community.

“It has been very supportive and loving,” she said.

Jessica added that Justin would even appreciate it.

“If he knew people were praying for him, he would be happy.”

For updates on Justin’s condition, or to post a comment for the family, visit www.prayforjustin.blogspot.com on the Internet.