GH man recovering from crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Mitchell Hamm, 22, is “out of the woods on the scary part,” according to his father, Jeff Hamm.

“It’s amazing what a week’s time can do,” he said.

The younger Hamm was in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital for several days following the June 28 crash on eastbound I-96, west of Coopersville.

Mitchell, a criminal justice student at Ferris State University, was traveling to Grand Rapids for a ride-along with a Kent County Sheriff’s deputy when a car going the wrong way on the interstate struck his 2002 Buick Regal head-on. The driver of the other car — Michael Anthony Johnson, 39, of Grand Rapids — died in the crash.

The crash continues to be under investigation.

Mitchell was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to implant a steel rod in his left leg, his father said. This would be the last in a series of surgeries that started as soon as the young man arrived by helicopter at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Doctors fixed his ruptured diaphragm and his legs, Jeff said. They did a C.A.T. scan and discovered a perforation in his aorta.

“They caught that and went right back in,” Jeff said. “They also had to do a procedure to increase blood flow to his leg.”

Repairs also had to be made to Mitchell’s pelvic bones.

Despite the extensive lower body injuries, his father said repeated scans have not located any head or spine injuries.

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