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04-06-2003, 08:27 AM
Today Daijiro Kato, young and talented japanise rider, got badly hurt on a big crash during the japanise motogp. Doctors said that if he will exit from the come he will be quadriplegic and ventilator depending as he has a spinal cord injuruy at c1/c2.
Do to his ''name'' let's see if doctors are willing to try something new to ''cure'' him.
Best wishes to him.
Your right Andrea, It's crap that we need to count on someone famous to get SCI to speed up research.
04-06-2003, 05:29 PM
Suzuka is one of the most dangerous tracks, no run off in some places=bad crashes on bikes. This reminds me of Wayne Rainey who did the SCI thing in the early 90's, although he was 'only' a para post-crash. He manages his own race team nowadays, hopefully Daijiro can pull though and do something similar.
MOTORCYCLING: Kato fighting for life
Former 250cc world champion Daijiro Kato is fighting for his life in a Japanese hospital after a serious crash during the MotoGP race at Suzuka.
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Kato crashed his Telefonica Movistar Honda during the early stages of the Suzuka race won by Valentino Rossi on a Repsol Honda.
Kato was flown to hospital with serious head, neck and chest injuries after crashing on the third lap, and, according to an official Honda statement, is in a coma and fighting for his life.
The statement read: ``Japanese rider Daijiro Kato crashed heavily on lap three of the Japanese Grand Prix, at Suzuka, today.
``Kato was treated at trackside and at the circuit medical centre before being airlifted to hospital at Yokkaichi.
``He underwent a CAT scan that revealed he has sustained serious head, neck and chest injuries in the crash.
``Kato is in a coma, his condition is critical, and he is fighting for his life.
``Our thoughts are now with Kato`s family, his friends and his team, at this moment.
``Should the hospital staff issue further medical bulletins on Daijiro`s condition in the near future we will communicate this to all our colleagues.``
Kato`s Spanish team-mate Sete Gibernau finished the race in fourth but called on everyone involved in GPs to act on safety concerns.
``What can I say? I think I don`t have to explain my feelings, this is a tragedy,`` said Gibernau.
``As riders we arrive at point when we are all involved in this and we will have to sit own and analyse the situation.``
Rossi said: ``It is special for Honda and 25 points for me at the beginning of the championship is important. But after hearing about Kato nothing is very important.
``The victory means nothing at the moment and all our thoughts are with Kato San.``
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Kato in coma after crash
Kato is stretchered away from the scene of the accident
MotoGP rider Daijiro Kato has been seriously injured after hitting a wall during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
The 26-year-old Japanese rider was rushed to hospital by helicopter and was in a coma with serious head, chest and neck injuries after skidding off on the second lap.
"Daijiro Kato ... is fighting for his life," said race medical director Claudio Macchiagodena.
"Only quick treatment from the Suzuka medical staff saved his life.
"His heart was beating when he arrived at the hospital but he is in a coma and fighting for his life," Macchiagodena added.
The accident occurred in a braking zone on an approach to a chicane at Suzuka.
"It's difficult to know what the future is," said Macchiagodena.
"We hope for some improvement in the next 24 to 48 hours."
Rossi wins at Suzuka
The opening race of the MotoGP season was won by Valentino Rossi.
Rossi had called the bend where Kato crashed "too dangerous" over the weekend.
The Italian said after the race: "[The win] is special for Honda and 25 points for me at the beginning of the championship is important. But after hearing about Kato nothing is very important.
"The victory means nothing at the moment and all our thoughts are with Kato-san."
Race director Paul Butler said organisers had yet to determine the cause of the crash.
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ROAD RACING - Roberts Jr. on Safety; Hopkins on Race
By Henny Ray Abrams
Difficult Day 4/6/2003
Team Suzuki's John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts Jr. were both frustrated, some the reasons the same, some different. Of the two, Roberts Jr. had the greater grievance, the former World Champion railing at the safety of the Suzuka Circuit.
There were a number of serious crashes this weekend, the worst suffered by Telefonica MoviStar Honda's Daijiro in front of Roberts Jr. during the MotoGP final. For unknown reasons, Kato crashed into the wall to the left of the entrance into the chicane.
Dr. Claudio Costa, the head of the Clinica Mobile, said that Kato's heart stopped and his breathing stopped as soon as he hit the wall. He had a heart massage on the spot and his heart was beating when he reached the infield care center. Costa said his reflexes were feeble, a sign of severe head trauma. Kato was airlifted to Mie Medical Center in nearby Yokkaichi where he was undergoing further treatment.
"Basically, somebody needs to get fired over this or somebody needs to get their ass kicked, because everybody that's crashed this weekend has hit a wall," Roberts said after finishing 14th, one spot behind his teammate. "And you can't say any particular place. You just to say everywhere."
The new Suzuki has shown itself to be down on power and Roberts Jr. felt threatened by the number of riders passing him at speed. In addition, he was finding a false neutral coming onto the straightaways.
"Sete [Gibernau] outbroke me down the back straight corner and when him and I were coming out I saw Kato's bike just go directly left into the wall which is a meter and half [off the track surface]," Roberts Jr. said. "Basically when him and the bike hit the wall they just started continually like cartwheeling into the wall. And then his f&*%ing body came back across the track, more than three-quarters of the way back onto the track. And I'm trying to brake as hard as I can and move to the right, which is the inside of the chicane, to avoid his body. And the race should've been stopped. They just picked him up and threw him on a stretcher which is typical around here.
"Today was a total disgrace. Today, the last three days of us testing here and the guys getting hurt here is just wasting people. It's just a joke. And that's all I got to say," he added.
Being at a distinct power disadvantage, Hopkins was one of the few riders hoping for rain.
"It was pretty frustrating," he said. "At the moment, we're hoping for rain."
The first few laps were a struggle, then he saw a group ahead with Roberts coming back towards him. The two were using different rear tires and Hopkins appeared to have made the better choice.
"It was a battle between me and Kenny," he said.
By the next race, at Welkom, in South Africa, in three weeks time, Hopkins is hoping for more speed.
"Right now the bike is still in full development," he said. "I'm staying positive and keeping the faith in Suzuki that they'll come out with a competitive bike real soon. I think we can get his bike to perform quite a bit better in the next couple of races. I think this was a real difficult track to measure the performance of the bike."
it doesn't matter if every world leader broke their neck today. it will not have any effect on a cure, it never has in the past. reeve's 5 years to the big cure is off by about 10 years before anyone here will get any kind of gainful treatment.
04-07-2003, 06:05 PM
They showed a short clip of the aftermath from his accident on Speenews. It seemed as though the saftey workers were in such a rush to get him off the track from the oncoming bikes which is understandable, but they just grabbed him by the arms and legs to try and move him off of the track. His whole body was completley limp and his head wasn't even supported, it just flopped down. It was an awfull sight knowing he has a c 1-2 injury. Although at this point it seems he has a very critical head injury as well.
04-10-2003, 01:48 PM
Dr. Costa's update on Kato's condition details how severely injured the 26-year-old Japanese rider is but also indicates progress. In an April 8 report on his website, http://www.ducati.com/clinica_mobile/news.jhtml, Costa reported that Kato had "serious brain injuries with extensive haemorrhaging that worsens towards the base and the brain stem. Dislocation of the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae with fracturing of the 3rd and, consequently, devastating damage to the spinal chord. Numerous shoulder and upper limb fractures."
Dr. Costa's April 8 report also includes a very moving, first-person recount of the efforts by Costa and other medical workers who attended to Kato at Suzuka.
In an April 10 update, Dr. Costa writes that Kato "is surprising the doctors with some improvements." Although Kato is still dependent on a respirator to breathe, his heartbeat and blood pressure remain stable and his brain is "reacting and sending life signals to the monitors," according to Dr. Costa.
Costa: Kato May Never Leave Hospital
by dean adams
Monday, April 14, 2003
GP Dr. Claudio Costa, who is among the doctors who has treated Honda rider Daijiro Kato after his crash at Suzuka, says that it is entirely possible that Kato will never leave the hospital.
Costa commented on Kato's condition in an e-mail to AMA Superbike.com through his assistant, Claudia Cherici.
Costa was asked if it is entirely possible that even if Kato's condition improves a great deal, that he will still live in a hospital for the rest of his life. Costa replied, "There is, in fact, this strong possibility."
Costa confirmed that that Kato has damaged the spinal cord and vertebrae in the first through third vertebrae section of his neck.
Although there is always hope, spinal cord damage in the cervical (neck) region is always troubling. Many victims of this kind of injury have no sensation below the middle of their neck and many times cannot breathe on their own.
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04-19-2003, 04:06 PM
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese motorcyclist Daijiro Kato died Sunday morning after sustaining head, neck and chest injuries at the Grand Prix of Japan two weeks ago, the MotoGP said on its Web site.
The 26-year-old rider hit the wall with his Honda on the third lap of the season-opening race April 6. Kato, a former 250cc world champion, was in a coma when flown to the hospital by helicopter.
The 3.6-mile Suzuka track is considered one of the most dangerous in Grand Prix motorcycling.
Race organizers are not sure what caused the accident.
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