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Father of P.E.I. man who fell at a construction site says 'reality' setting in, son unlikely to come out of coma

Dale and Lori Mahar are caring for their grandson Jensen as the boy’s father, Ryan Mahar, fights for life in a hospital in Moncton. Ryan has been in a coma since a serious fall while building a warehouse in the Elmsdale area on Sept. 4., 2019.
Dale and Lori Mahar with their grandson, Jensen. The boy's father, Ryan Mahar, has been in a coma since having a serious fall while building a warehouse in the Elmsdale area on Sept. 4., 2019. - Jim Day
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Dale Mahar knows a good outcome is unlikely for his son who has been in a coma for six months following a horrific fall at a construction site.

“It’s not good. It’s not looking good at all,’’ says Mahar.

“We try to be optimistic and positive all the time through, but it does come to the point where reality has to set in.’’

Doctors have been telling Mahar and his wife, Lori, the possibility of their son, Ryan, ever coming out of a coma is highly unlikely.

“We try to be optimistic and positive all the time through, but it does come to the point where reality has to set in.’’

Even if he did, Mahar adds, he likely would never recover from the violent injury suffered when he fell roughly 20 feet landing head first on pavement while working to build a warehouse in the Elmsdale area on Sept. 4.

“Just too much damage to the brain,’’ says Mahar.

Following the accident, a CT scan was performed at Prince County Hospital in Summerside revealed Ryan’s skull had been severely fractured. Ryan, a 32-year-old father of three who was living in Emerald, P.E.I., was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in Moncton.

He was moved to Prince County Hospital weeks later, where he has remained in a coma.


Ryan Mahar is seen in a 2018 photo taken while he was working on a large carrier ship. Mahar was seriously injured last fall in a construction accident. - Contributed
Ryan Mahar is seen in a 2018 photo taken while he was working on a large carrier ship. Mahar was seriously injured last fall in a construction accident. - Contributed

The ordeal of hoping against hope week after week, month after month, has taken a heavy toll, says Mahar.

“It’s been pretty brutal,’’ he says.

Mahar told The Guardian in an earlier interview that his son seemed to have found his calling in construction work.

Ryan had worked in mussel fishing for several years and later spent time working on large carrier ships. Neither job was overly appealing to him.

Mahar said his son seemed hooked from the start when he got into construction work just two months before the accident.


Workplace injury and fatality claims in Canada, 2018

Source: Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada


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