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In­jured Cape Breton po­lice­man fly­ing back to Cape Breton.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE sharon.mont­gomery@cb­post.com

A Cape Breton Re­gional Po­lice of­fi­cer who is re­cov­er­ing from head in­juries in a Cuban hos­pi­tal will soon be back in Canada.

Const. Brad Maxner re­mains in the in­ten­sive care unit of a hos­pi­tal in Havana. He suf­fered a skull frac­ture and brain in­jury in a fall on April 5.

“He’ll be trav­el­ling back to Canada this week,” said An­drea Martin, Brad’s cousin.

Martin said Maxner will be flown home by Life Flight Trans­port to the neu­ro­log­i­cal unit at a Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal.

Martin said her cousin is do­ing much bet­ter and has been talk­ing.

Maxner, his wife Lind­sey and chil­dren Zoey, 11, and Avery, 9, were in Cuba to at­tend a fam­ily wed­ding. On their first night at the re­sort, Maxner fell in the bath­room.

On April 8, Maxner had a CT scan and doc­tors per­formed surgery to re­move part of his skull to al­low the brain to ex­pand prop­erly. Dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, a brain bleed was dis­cov­ered turn­ing a two-hour surgery into a six-hour surgery to re­pair the bleed.

Since the surgery Maxner has con­tin­ued to im­prove daily.

Martin said Maxner is sur­rounded by fam­ily in­clud­ing wife Lind­sey, brother Jeff and fa­ther John.

Martin has or­ga­nized a gofundme ac­count to help the fam­ily with med­i­cal costs and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. As of Mon­day af­ter­noon, $15,000 had been raised.

“The sup­port is un­real,” said Martin, adding the sup­port is com­ing from across the coun­try.

Martin said the fam­ily in Cuba is aware of the sup­port, prayers and mes­sages.

“Lind­sey has been able to see it as well,” she said. “She’s very hum­bled, over­whelmed and thank­ful.”

Martin said Lind­sey Maxner is also do­ing much bet­ter.

“Ev­ery day that he im­proves, she im­proves.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

From left, Const. Brad Maxner of the Cape Breton Re­gional Po­lice with chil­dren Zoey, 11, Avery, 9, and wife Lind­sey. The po­lice of­fi­cer has been in the in­ten­sive care unit of a Havana, Cuba hos­pi­tal re­cov­er­ing from a head in­jury af­ter a fall at a...

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