Maynard’s condition is detailed by his family

Stonington — State Sen. Andrew Maynard, who was seriously injured in a fall at his Grandview Park home on July 21, continues to recover from his injuries and there is no reason to believe he would be unable to fulfill the duties of his office if he is re-elected in November, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by his sister.

The statement from Denise Mahoney was the most detailed description of Maynard’s health and prognosis since the fall.

Mahoney said her brother “suffered serious trauma to the brain.” He is undergoing physical and occupational therapy at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.

“His recovery has been one of constant and continued improvement. For a number of days after his injury, he was unconscious and there was no way to assess his mental state. For the past few weeks, he has been awake and aware, and more recently participating in physical and occupational therapy,” she wrote.

“Andy is able to read, eat on his own, and understand questions. He has difficulty speaking — he can answer ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to questions, and is undergoing therapy to regain his full speech. He listens to music, manipulates a smart phone to review texts and photos, and retains his sense of humor. He is slowly but steadily rebuilding his stamina,” she wrote.

Mahoney said her brother also fractured his scapula, eye socket and multiple ribs, all of which have healed. He was also successfully treated for an infection last week.

“He has the use of all of his extremities and there has been no indication that he will regain anything less than a full physical recovery,” she wrote.

She added that the medical profession lacks a complete understanding of exactly how the brain heals after trauma and cannot predict a specific recovery timetable for an individual and that each case is different.

“That said, there has been no diagnosis in Andy’s case that would preclude a full recovery, and his progress has been very encouraging,” she wrote.

“Given all that we have learned to date, we have no reason to conclude that Andrew would be unable to fulfill the duties of his office, which he loves and pursues with great passion, should he be re-elected this fall. We will do our utmost to provide frequent updates regarding his progress so that the people of his district can be informed. We thank all of you who have reached out to Andy and his family, and hope you will join us in our sincere and strong belief that our brother’s best days and greatest contributions are ahead.”

Maynard, a Democrat who is seeking a fifth term in November representing the 18th District, is slated to debate Republican challenger Kevin Trejo of Groton on Oct. 30 at the Stonington Community Center.

The 52-year-old Maynard was injured in the early morning hours of July 21 when he fell over an outside staircase while carrying a large object up to a second-floor apartment.

Mahoney also said Maynard’s family appreciates the “patience and the tremendous outpouring of support” for her brother.

“We certainly understand that many have been frustrated with the limited news regarding Andy’s ongoing recovery and the timetable for such recovery, especially in light of the upcoming election in two months. Please understand that we share those concerns, and that our efforts have been focused on aiding the best possible recovery for our brother,” Mahoney wrote.

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