Who is Safak Pavey? How Has His Life Changed After The Terrible Train Accident?

Who is Safak Pavey? How Has His Life Changed After The Terrible Train Accident?
Who is Safak Pavey? How Has His Life Changed After The Terrible Train Accident?

Şafak Pavey was born on July 10, 1976 in Ankara. His hometown is Erzurum. His father's name is Şahin. His mother is journalist Ayşe Önal. Pavey married the English musician Paul Pavey, who worked as a guest artist in Ankara State Opera and Ballet, whom she met in Ankara when she was 17, in Istanbul in 1995. She lived in Switzerland for a while, she. She studied both cinema and television here, and she also danced in the Zurich Contemporary Theater and Dance Group.

He lost his left arm and leg as a result of a train accident in Switzerland on May 24, 1996. He collected his experiences in a book called “Plane 13”. He became the subject of the thesis at the University Hospital in Zurich, where he lived through his accident and afterwards. This work has been published as a book. He graduated from London Westminster University, Department of International Relations. He completed his master's degree at the London School of Economics.

After the Horrible Train Crash in Zurich

She was working with Reha Muhtar in the Line of Fire program on TRT and was on her way to becoming a good TV personality. While life was running at full speed, she fell in love with musician Paul Pavey living in Zurich. She married the man she loved at a very young age. She gave up everything and followed her husband to live in Switzerland and study art at the University of Geneva. She was living perhaps the most rosy days of her life, full of love and art.

Dawn Pavey Zurich Peron

Miroslav Hess, a Czech national, who was both colleague and friend of her husband, started to be treated with a diagnosis of brain tumor and was advised to see an oncologist in Geneva. Hess, who came to Zurich and stayed at the Paveys' house for one night, decided to go to Geneva from Zürich main station by train at 09.03:XNUMX the next day. Due to his serious health condition, Şafak offered to accompany him. The next day they went together to the Zurich station. Since Hess walked slowly, Dawn told him to go to the platform and take the train, and that he would buy the tickets and come with him. The box office was crowded, the young woman was late. The train began to move, and Hess held the door of the last carriage open, waiting for Dawn. Even if he can't get on it, Şafak, who was running like an Olympic runner with the thought that I would at least give Hess's ticket, fell between the platform and the train when he came to Hess's level.

He will describe those moments later with these words: “I was completely myself at the time of the accident. The train had passed over me, I was trying to pull myself to the side. It means that people can't feel anything in momentary things. I thought nothing had happened, but I was very scared. I suddenly saw my severed leg, I was conscious, I was aware that I had lost my leg. My arm was completely gone, the veins and nerves were so crushed. I went to the hospital talking and talking. Even the cops were surprised.”

As the dates showed May 1996, 24, at 09:03, the young woman, who was only 19 years old, with brilliant dreams, left almost half of her body in a train station. She had escaped life-threatening danger. But his wife, the man she fell in love with and for whom she changed her job, the country she lived in, did not even come to the hospital. They divorced shortly after.

from the book of safak pavey

How can a person endure so much pain? For an ordinary person, such big blows cause serious depression, but for Şafak Pavey it is the opposite. He never loses his will to live, on the contrary, he clings to life more tightly. His soul is so at peace that with every particle that makes up the mosaic of life, he even continues to bear the surname of that man, who could not stand next to him with neither his love nor his loyalty, and Şafak is so extraordinary that; With one arm and one leg, he teaches millions of people how to overcome life's pain and what the joy of living is. At the Universgspital Hospital in Switzerland, he impresses everyone with his determination and fortitude. His vitality and incredible tenacity are the subject of academic research. All their behavior is monitored. A 500-page thesis is prepared, including the diary he kept in the hospital, in which his determination to hold on to life is explained, and this thesis is read to patients in similar situations as a part of the treatment.

Dawn Pavey Hospital

Mother Ayşe Önal can only get over the shock of this disastrous event with the strength she gets from her daughter. He will learn later that Şafak asked his doctor, "Can you save him?", showing his smashed arm and severed leg, the doctor replied, "I'm sorry but no," and Şafak said, "Then you have to save what's left, because my mother will be very upset." The mother-daughter wrote this tragic story together that year and turned it into a book called "Plane 13" and immortalized it as "an adventure that resists pain".

Şafak Pavey went to London less than a year after the accident. He graduated from two departments of Westminster University, namely "International Relations" and "EU Politics", and completed his master's degree. He wrote in Agos Newspaper. He took an active part in numerous projects. As the first private secretary appointed to the United Nations World Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, he spent his years with those living in difficult conditions in refugee camps. In 2011, he was elected as the Istanbul Deputy of the Republican People's Party. Besides English, German, French and Italian, which she speaks very well, she learned to speak international sign language fluently.

With his latest book titled Where I Go, The Sky Is Mine, in which he tells about the dejected exiles who had no choice but to claim the sky, with his brave stance of "I am satisfied with what you give to me or what you take from me", he continues to be a light for the un-dawn, a strength for the coward, and a mirror for the lonely.

The Lawsuit Opened After the Train Accident Was Rejected

Miroslav Hess, who was a first-hand witness of the train accident that Şafak Pavey had, died at the end of 1996 due to his illness, and therefore he could not be heard as a witness in the court.

On 24.6.1997, a lawsuit was filed against Swiss Railways at the Zurich Bidayet Court. With the decision dated 3.11.1998, the court rejected the case. The appeal against this decision to the Zurich Retaining Court was accepted and the case was turned back to the Bidayet Court for evidence collection and re-adjudication. After a wide range of evidence and evaluation, the Bidayet Court again rejected the case on 31.8.2001. Against this decision, an appeal was made to the Zurich Court of Appeal. This court, again, concluding that the evidence was incompletely collected, this time did not send the file back to the Bidayet Court, and requested expert reports, and the oral statements of the experts were taken. Evaluating the evidence, the Court of Appeal again rejected the case. The lawsuit filed against this decision at the Zurich Cantonal Court of Appeal was dismissed on 6.05.2005. And finally, the appeal case filed with the Swiss Federal Court was rejected on 13.1.2006.

As a justification in the court decisions, it was claimed that the behavior of a young Turkish woman caused the accident and broke the causal relationship. 

Dawn Pavey

He has a master's degree on “Nationalism and Ethnicity” from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, German, French, Italian and a little Arabic and Persian. He worked as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Foreign Relations Officer and humanitarian aid officer at the United Nations.

He did his political and election campaign internship with the parliamentary pressure group called Operation Black Vote, which protects the voting rights of blacks and other minorities in the British Parliament.

He left his job as the Human Rights Secretary for Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations, which he started in 1996. After 15 years, he came back to Turkey to enter the 12 June 2011 elections and was elected as the 1th ordinary deputy of the Republican People's Party, Istanbul 5st district.

He is a member of the Turkey-South Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group and the deputy chairman of the Turkey-Norway Parliamentary Friendship Group.

She received the "2012 International Women of Courage Award" of the US State Department from the hands of Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He has carried out joint projects with Harvard University, the Royal Academy of Arts in England and the Norwegian Design Council.

He is the owner of 3 international and 5 national awards. He wrote articles for Agos Newspaper published in Istanbul. He took an active role in the campaign for the restoration of Akdamar Church in Lake Van. In 2012, CHP Istanbul Deputy Şafak Pavey was elected as a Member of the UN Human Rights Committee.

Works written:

  • platform number 13 (1996)
  • Wherever I go, the sky is mine (2011)
  • Waiting for Mahdi (2012)

Günceleme: 04/01/2023 08:35

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