27 Nov 08
Francois Duval’s co-driver Patrick Pivato has paid tribute to the individuals who helped him after he was seriously injured in a crash during Rally Japan.
Pivato was transferred from Sapporo to a French hospital a week after the accident and has continued to make steady progress on the road to recovery since then. This week, with the assistance of his friends, Patrick created a website where people can keep up to date with his progress.
In his latest update Patrick expressed his gratitude for the many messages of support he and his family had received from well-wishers. He also thanked a long list of people including Francois Duval, Malcolm Wilson and Denis Giraudet for their assistance both at the accident scene and during his subsequent treatment in hospital.
Pivato also singled out the rally team members and journalists who donated blood on the night of the accident which proved so vital to his recovery.
“Where would I be without the nine benefactors who gave their blood, so that my life could start again? said Pivato. “I hope to be able to thank them all in person before long. The world of the rally showed, once more, that we are a close family of which we all can be proud! My experience is a powerful reminder of the benefit of giving blood: I am the undeniable proof that can save lives.”
A number of fund-raising events have been organised by Patrick’s friends to assist with the cost of his medical treatment - including two karting tournaments in Brussels arranged by Francois Duval.
“Certain events already took place and others are being set up to help me to rebuild my life and to assist me in this long Special Stage which awaits me”, said Patrick. “Be sure that, boosted by your encouragement, I hope to set a super time there! My close relations found, through various insurance policies, the finances which should enable me to deal with the whole of the expenses relating to me directly; at least until my arrival in France. The remainder is to be finalised, but we have good hope. I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you undertake for me, and I hope to be able to return it to you.”
Pivato says he will undergo more operations in the coming few weeks, and still needs a lot of rest, but is looking forward to the time when he can receive visitors and take phone calls. Patrick’s site, which is in French only, can be found at www.pivato.fr