March 9, 2014
Recovering Gioja hopes to return to San Juan 'soon'
In his first public statements since the October 11 helicopter crash, José Luis Gioja said he is “getting ahead” and considered he will be back to the San Juan province “soon.” The governor remains hospitalized in the Italiano Hospital, located in the Buenos Aires City of Almagro.
“There is no way to express my gratitude to so much kindness,” Gioja told the Diario de Cuyo newspaper as he showed himself touched by the support he received from the people of San Juan and hoped he could be back in the province “soon.”
“I am trying hard, with lot of patience, having in mind that under these circumstances the enemy is the bed,” the governor said while he continues to undergo treatment in Argentina’s capital.
“We are walking, we do rehab everyday. There are still some issues to resolve. With 63 years old, I have to learn everything back, to eat, to walk, to move my arms. I have strength and will, be the people of San Juan sure about that, God is helping us,” he explained.
Back in October, the helicopter that was carrying Governor Gioja and members of his ministerial team crashed allegedly due to a strong gust of wind that caused the chopper to hit with some power cables and fall. 76-year-old lawmaker Margarita Ferra de Bartol did not survive the impact.