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HOLLYWOOD FLA. Oct. 25, 2007 – Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Maury Hernandez walked into a news conference at Memorial Regional Hospital on Thursday, his left leg shaking, his right hand clutching a cane and his left arm in a sling.Wearing his uniform and his badge, Hernandez drew applause from fellow law enforcement officers with each inspirational step.Hernandez was shot in the head during a traffic stop in Pembroke Park 80 days ago and, from the start, was not expected to survive. Thursday morning, in his first public comments since the Aug. 6 shooting, he talked about getting back to work.
I would like to go back to my regular job as soon as possible,” said Hernandez, smiling and surrounded by family and doctors who laughed and clapped and wiped away tears of joy. The deputy seemed almost embarrassed at all the attention.”I’m very honored. I don’t think I deserve all this,” he said.His brother, Hallandale Beach Police Officer Josue Hernandez, said he expects the deputy to be released from the hospital as early as Friday.Maury Hernandez returning to work is a very real possibility, according to his doctors and acting Sheriff Al Lamberti.Dr. Luis Rodriguez, a neurosurgeon who treated Hernandez, said the deputy’s recovery has gone so well that, although pieces of the bullet are still lodged in his head and he remains partially paralyzed on his left side, a 100 percent recovery is possible.”I’m sure there’s some medical explanation for what happened here,” Lamberti said.Still, he and others felt compelled to call the recovery “miraculous.”Hernandez and his family thanked colleagues and others for their prayers and financial assistance since the shooting that nearly took his life.
The alleged gunman, David Maldonado, 24, remains in custody at the Broward Main Jail, charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.