A Royal Cayman Islands Police officer who was hit by a car last month will survive, and his family members said they are hopeful for a full recovery.
However, it will be a long road back for Police Constable Paul Dewing, an officer with the department’s K-9 Unit.
‘We are extremely hopeful for a full recovery and although we are taking things gently and we understand it will be a slow process, we are extremely encouraged by his progress so far,’ Officer Dewing’s mother Dorothy Dewing said in a prepared statement.
‘We are very grateful to everybody for their prayers, thoughts and kindness. Everyone has been fantastic.’
Officer Dewing suffered a serious head injury in the accident which caused some swelling of the brain tissue. Doctors at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital said the swelling is decreasing slowly, and that tests have shown his brain cells sustained minimal damage.
Mr. Dewing also suffered a broken arm and leg in the wreck, both of which had to be operated on. Physical therapy will be required to help repair both limbs.
A fundraiser was held Saturday at the Sunset House ‘My Bar’ to help with the injured officer’s expenses.
Officer Dewing was hit by a car around 9.30pm 23 March as he was walking two of his dogs along Pedro Castle Rd. Police said at the time of the accident that there was no reason to arrest the driver.
Mr. Dewing joined RCIPS in 2005. He previously worked for the Suffolk police in the United Kingdom and has more than 15 years of policing experience.