Published August 14. 2014 4:56PM Updated August 15. 2014 9:42AM
State Sen. Andrew Maynard, who suffered a traumatic head injury in a fall at his Stonington home three weeks ago, is now “awake and is responsive to family and friends who have been by his side,” according to a statement released Thursday by his sister, Denise Mahoney.
She also announced that he has been transferred from Rhode Island Hospital, where he was taken after the July 21 accident, to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, where she said he will continue his physical and occupational therapy.
“The past few weeks have been a trying experience for Andrew and our entire family. The doctors, nurses and staff at Rhode Island Hospital have been nothing short of tremendous in their care for our brother; we are forever grateful,” she wrote.
Mahoney said her brother “is making a slow, yet positive, recovery.”
“While his recovery will take time, his doctors are confident that the recovery will continue to be positive and that Hospital for Special Care is the right place to continue that recovery,” she wrote.
She said the Maynard family “is thankful for all of the support and prayers Andrew has received over the past weeks” and would continue to provide updates on his progress.
Maynard, 52, was injured in the early-morning hours of July 21 when he fell from an outside staircase while carrying a large object up to his second-floor apartment in a Grandview Park home. Friends and relatives have taken turns keeping a 24-hour vigil at his bedside since the accident.
Maynard, a Democrat who represents the 18th District, is seeking re-election to his fifth term in November.