Last week was a busy week, for sure. Most will remember it mostly because of the Austin Vantrease parole hearing that took place at the St. Mary’s prison in West Virginia. Specifically, the powerful Victim Impact Statement given by my daughter, Kari, that has reached more than 120,000 readers over the weekend.
Beyond this, I have some more information on Austin Vantrease that surfaced in the parole hearing. I’ll be sharing this in a future post. For now, just know that he is released to his family’s custody (in his hometown of Newark, Delaware) and I’ll just leave it with this teaser… sex, drugs, and shoes.
Austin Vantrease, criminally convicted of felonious Malicious Assault, was paroled on July 14, 2014. He was at the St. Mary’s Correctional Center; for the incarceration of “felons who have been convicted of severe crimes against man…”
What most don’t know is on the day after the parole hearing, Thursday, Ryan had the staples and sutures removed from his skull. These were put in place as a result of his latest surgery in late June, where the titanium mesh skull plate was removed because it was failing (the scalp was deteriorating).
Ryan will remain without this part of his skull through the summer to allow for his scalp to heal and thicken.
In early September he will be taken back in for surgery to replace this void with a new prosthetic skull plate. This one will be quite different from the titanium. It is a biomedical polymer (i.e., common types of plastic polymer laminates used in prosthetics are acrylic, epoxy and polyester) designed specifically for his skull structure, based upon his CT scans from the last hospitalization.
This summer has, and will continue to be, nerve-wracking… with his brain so vulnerable. I simply can’t wait to get it behind us. Funny how I’m actually looking forward to Ryan undergoing yet another surgery, followed by several days in the ICU and his head being stapled once again.
It’s a regular riot, Norton!