Doc­tors fight to save mayor in Poland who was stabbed in heart on stage

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

WAR­SAW, Poland — A con­victed crim­i­nal with a knife rushed on to the stage dur­ing the fi­nale of a char­ity event Sun­day night and stabbed a Pol­ish mayor in the heart and ab­domen be­fore shout­ing that he did it for po­lit­i­cal re­venge, in an at­tack that left doc­tors fight­ing to save the politi­cian’s life.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamow­icz grabbed his belly and col­lapsed in front of the au­di­ence at the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser or­ga­nized by the Great Orches­tra of Christ­mas Char­ity, the coun­try’s most im­por­tant char­ity.

Doc­tors treated Adamow­icz on the spot and then trans­ported him to Med­i­cal Univer­sity of Gdansk, where he un­der­went five hours of surgery, said Dr. To­masz Ste­fa­niak, one of the physi­cians treat­ing Adamow­icz.

Al­most seven hours after the as­sault, Ste­fa­niak told re­porters early Mon­day that “the pa­tient is alive,” trig­ger­ing ap­plause, but added that the mayor re­mained “in a very se­ri­ous con­di­tion.”

“The next hours will de­cide ev­ery­thing,” Ste­fa­niak said, ap­peal­ing for thoughts and prayers for the pop­u­lar mayor.

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