WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish blood donors had been coming ahead in droves on Monday in a bid to avoid wasting the lifetime of Gdansk’s mayor, who wants transfusions after being stabbed within the coronary heart and the stomach whereas on stage at a charity occasion.
Doctors operated for 5 hours on Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was stabbed Sunday by an ex-convict who rushed onto the stage with a knife, carried out the assault and shouted it was political revenge against a political get together Adamowicz had belonged to.
Adamowicz grabbed his stomach and collapsed in entrance of the viewers on the 27th annual fundraiser organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
Doctors resuscitated Adamowicz on the spot after which transported him to Medical University of Gdansk, the place he underwent 5 hours of surgical procedure.
One of the surgeons, Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, mentioned Adamowicz was in “very, very critical situation” after he suffered a “critical wound to the center, a wound to the diaphragm and to the interior organs.” He mentioned Adamowicz wanted large blood transfusions.
He mentioned the approaching hours could be decisive and requested for ideas and prayers for the mayor who has served since 1998.
Private TVN24 was exhibiting individuals standing in line after which donating blood in Gdansk on Monday. Some mentioned they got day off work to help save Adamowicz. A rally against violence was additionally deliberate.
Gdansk Archbishop Leszek Slawoj Glodz, who was on the hospital throughout the surgical procedure, mentioned he was praying for a “miracle.”
After the knife assault, the assailant shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly imprisoned under a earlier nationwide government led by Civic Platform, a celebration to which the mayor previously belonged. He mentioned his identify was Stefan and that “I used to be jailed however harmless. … Civic Platform tortured me. That’s why Adamowicz just died.”
Police mentioned the suspect was a 27-year-old who was not too long ago launched from jail the place he had served a time period for financial institution robberies. A police spokesman, Mariusz Ciarka, mentioned the attacker appeared to have psychological issues and gained entry to the world with a media badge. It was unclear how he acquired the credential.
He was arrested and is under investigation.
TVN footage confirmed Adamowicz on stage with a sparkler in hand telling the viewers that it had been a “great day” after which the attacker got here towards him. The mayor had been on the streets of his Baltic port metropolis earlier within the day gathering cash for the nationwide charity that helps Poland’s financially-strapped hospitals.
European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who co-founded Civil Platform and is from Gdansk, tweeted: “Let’s all pray for Mayor Adamowicz. Pawel, we’re with you.”
The head of the charity, Jerzy Owsiak, is a liberal critic of Poland’s current right-wing government. Owsiak and a few opposition politicians blamed what they described as an environment of hate under the ruling Law and Justice get together for the assault.
Adamowicz, 53, was a part of the democratic opposition shaped in Gdansk under the management of Lech Walesa throughout the 1980s. After leaving Civic Platform, he was re-elected to a sixth time period as an unbiased candidate within the fall.
As mayor, he has been a progressive voice, supporting LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. He marched in final year’s homosexual pleasure parade, a uncommon action for a mayor in Poland.
He additionally confirmed solidarity with the Jewish group when town’s synagogue had its home windows damaged final year, strongly denouncing the vandalism.
“Horrified by the brutal assault on Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz,” tweeted Frans Timmermans, a Dutch politician and main European Union official. “Hope and pray he’ll get better. A fantastic chief of his metropolis and a real humanitarian.”
The final assault on a politician in Poland was in 2010 in Lodz. A man shouting that he wished to kill Law and Justice get together chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski fatally shot an aide to one of many get together’s lawmakers to the European Parliament. A second man was stabbed and injured.
At the time, Law and Justice was within the opposition and Kaczynski blamed the assault on an “environment of hate” under rival get together Civic Platform.