Burn victim in critical condition
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.