Published: September 30, 2005

Pat Hayes in ICU for pneumonia

Pat Hayes, Pipe-Major of the Ottawa Police’s non-competition pipe band, is in the intensive care unit at an Ottawa hospital suffering from walking pneumonia. According to his family, Hayes has been on life support since August 30 after doctors put him under a drug-induced coma to aid his recovery.

“The doctors and nurses have been doing everything that they can to stabilize him so that he can begin to do his part to fight the infection and the inflammation,” says Pat Hayes’s son, Andrew, a well-known professional piper. “At this point, we do not know how long dad will remain sedated and on life support.”

In addition to his work with the Ottawa Police band, Pat Hayes has for the last eight year organized the Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition each September in Ottawa. He is a superintendent with the Ottawa-Carlton Police.

“We have been overwhelmed by kindness and best wishes,” Andrew Hayes continues. “Unfortunately, given my dad’s current condition we are unable to accommodate any visitors.”

On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we wish Pat Hayes a speedy and full recovery.

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