Mazzei out of coma, health improving

Nanaimo philanthropist and business leader Frank Mazzei's health has improved considerably since being in a two-week coma after a motorcycle accident in Saskatchewan in late August.

Nanaimo philanthropist and business leader Frank Mazzei’s health has improved considerably since being in a two-week coma after a motorcycle crash in Saskatchewan a month ago.

Mazzei, 59, was on a road trip on his Honda Goldwing motorcycle Aug. 31 to visit friends and family in his home province of Saskatchewan. He was travelling to a friend’s house in Cupar, Sask. when the crash occurred near the town of Southey on Highway 22.

Saskatchewan RCMP are still investigating the crash, but it is believed Mazzei’s motorcycle was the sole vehicle involved in the incident. He was riding alone and wearing a helmet at the time.

His daughter, Sara Mazzei, said her dad’s health has improved significantly over the past two weeks while recovering at Regina General Hospital.

“He’s doing way better,” she said. “He’s awake, he’s able to, not the same as we’re able to, but he’s able to walk, speak or mouth words, he can point out all of us kids and family members in photos, and he can even do a small amount of writing. He’s improving every day.”

It’s not yet known if Mazzei will make a complete recovery after suffering brain damage in the crash.

Sara said the family expects Frank to be transferred to a hospital on Vancouver Island in the next few days.

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