Burn vic­tim in crit­i­cal con­di­tion

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER -

SYD­NEY — A Cape Bre­ton man who was se­verely burned at a fire in Whit­ney Pier was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hospi­tal Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Dwayne Dal­ton, 41, has been air­lifted to the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Health Sciences Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax, where of­fi­cials said his con­di­tion — which was deemed to be se­ri­ous Tues­day af­ter­noon — was said to be crit­i­cal Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Hospi­tal spokesman John Gil­lis said crit­i­cal con­di­tion means a pa­tient has a ques­tion­able prog­no­sis, his vi­tal signs may be un­sta­ble and not within nor­mal lim­its and he has ma­jor com­pli­ca­tions.

Gil­lis said a pa­tient in crit­i­cal con­di­tion is more acutely ill than one in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Dal­ton, a fa­ther of four with an­other on the way, was ren­o­vat­ing a house at 22 MacLeod’s Hill, when an in­tense fire broke out Mon­day evening. An­other man work­ing on the house, who has been iden­ti­fied as his brother, Gary, re­port­edly was treated and re­leased from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal in Syd­ney.

Many peo­ple have posted pray­ers and sup­port for Dal­ton on a Face­book site called Pray­ers for Dwayne Dal­ton.

Bri­tish Columbia res­i­dent Shan­non Lester, Dal­ton’s sis­ter-in-law, said in an email to the Cape Bre­ton Post she was in­formed that, al­though Dal­ton was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, he was do­ing bet­ter Wed­nes­day. She thanked peo­ple for their sup­port on be­half of the fam­ily.

Michelle Cormier of Syd­ney said in a read­ers com­ment posted on the Cape Bre­ton Post web­site that she planned to get to­gether with other neigh­bours to or­ga­nize a ben­e­fit dance for the fam­ily.

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