December 11, 2013
Gioja in ICU after second surgery, doctors ‘reserved’ about governor's health condition
Medical authorities at the Guillermo Rawson hospital held a conference to update on José Luis Gioja’s condition following yesterday’s helicopter crash. Deputy chief of the Intensive Care Unit Marta Torrado said the San Juan governor “is not out of danger” and that doctors remain “reserved” about his health evolution. Gioja had to undergo surgery for a second time today at 4 am as he presented “hemodynamic instability” and “internal bleeding.”
The governor remains in intensive care on "mechanical ventilation," requiring "sedation analgesia." Gioja was reported to show “hemodynamic, cardiovascular and renal stability.” He had already been taken to the operating room when he first arrived in the hospital yesterday showing "severe multiple injures."
José Luis Gioja and members of his political staff were flying on Friday to the San Juan capital city after attending an official rally in the provincial locality of Valle Fértil when the helicopter that was carrying them lost control allegedly due to strong winds that led the chopper to tangle up in power cables and crash.
Close collaborator of Gioja and Kirchnerite lawmaker Margarita Ferrá de Bartol was on board and did not survive the impact. She died at 78 years old.