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Hall Is Racing To Recovery
 
by Robert Dennis
  December 8, 2008

The Hall family had something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving day. Sixteen-year-old Michael was home.

After his August 9 accident near his Chesterfield home, Michael spent nearly 16 weeks in the hospital and in rehabilitation, returning home the day before Thanksgiving. Once in rehab, doctors projected he would be home by Christmas.

His Mother, Shelly, stayed close by the entire time. For the 13 weeks Michael was at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville, Shelly was there, not once returning to Chesterfield. His Father, Michael, estimates he traveled over 6,000 miles during that time period to see his son.

The road has not been an easy one for the Hall family. There were complications. Michael developed pneumonia and a staph infection while in the hospital. Now home, he struggles to do everyday tasks on his own.

Michael's father said the struggle is "like boot camp on a daily basis." Michael will have a busy schedule, going to rehab 3 to 4 times a week and keeping up with his school work.

Michael has not given up on racing either. When I spoke with Michael on the phone, he was upbeat and his voice sounded strong. His interest in racing remains intact. Michael may not be in his race car next year, but said he has hopes for 2010.

Michael Hall, left and Jason Marshall pose in front of the '911' car on April 25, 2008

After just a couple races in 2008, Jason Marshall is slated to start the season in 2009, driving the U-car that Michael drove. The car though, will now display the number 57.

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First Article on Michael Hall: August 21, 2008