Representatives of the scientific, creative and media communities in Poland appealed to the British authorities to hand over a Pole who is in a coma in a hospital in Plymouth, England to his home country.
On November 6, last year, the patient suffered a cardiac arrest for at least 45 minutes which resulted in severe and permanent brain damage.
Plymouth Hospital applied to the court for permission to remove life support, to which the man's wife and children, living in England, agreed. However, his mother and sister living in Poland, as well as his other sister and niece living in England, are against this decision.
Appeal to Great Britain rejected
As mentioned in the appeal published by wpolityce.pl, the Polish authorities have already asked the British to transfer the Pole to his home country, but the request was refused.
"We are not trying to question the legitimacy of the decision of the British authorities. However, our assumption is that if there is even the slightest chance to defend life, it should be used. Therefore, we ask the British authorities to make it possible for us. It does not bear any burden for their country", reads the appeal.
The appeal was signed by, among others, Deputy Minister of Culture Wanda Zwinogrodzka, MEPs from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party: Zdzisław Krasnodębski and Ryszard Legutko, and numerous journalists.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSZ) assured that it had repeatedly intervened in the case of the comatose Pole. "[MSZ] has taken all possible measures at the political, legal and consular levels," reads the statement posted on Twitter on 15 January.