December 13, 2013
Gioja opens eyes, undergoes tracheotomy
San Juan governor José Luis Gioja today underwent a tracheotomoy as doctors aim to remove him from a respirator, and also managed to open his eyes on the seventh day of treatment in the Rawson hospital.
Public Information secretary of San Juan province Luis Amín revealed the results of latest medical reports, while adding that despite improvements the politician still shows "stable vital signs" and an "uncertain prognosis".
"[Gioja] underwent a tracheotomy as part of the gradual removal of his respirator, but he still has help from machines," the spokesman explained.
Gioja's son Gastón, meanwhile, revealed that he opened his eyes in the intensive therapy unit where he has been held since a helicopter crash last Friday, which was taken by his family as a positive sign.
"We are delighted, full of joy," Gastón signalled