Gov’t prepares transport of comatose Pole back to Poland

The Polish government's plenipotentiary for human rights, Marcin Warchoł, has told the press that the government has taken all steps necessary to transport a comatose Pole back to Poland from Great Britain, where a court has approved the hospital’s plan to stop feeding and providing water for the man.

Mr Warchoł emphasised that he has written a letter to the British authorities and that the only thing now needed is the permission of Great Britain to move the Pole from the hospital. He added that he trusts that the civilisation of life will win over the civilisation of death.

Poland’s foreign minister, Zbigniew Rau, had earlier taken the decision to obtain diplomatic status for the comatose Pole after a Polish consul was denied access to see the patient.

The man has been in a coma in a Plymouth hospital since November 6 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The heart attack left him with what doctors have described as severe and permanent brain damage.

His case has led to a legal battle between the man’s wife and daughter, who support the hospital’s decision to stop feeding the man, against the man’s mother and sister, who claim that the man would object to such measures as he is a practising Catholic who always used to voice his support for the sanctity of life.

The case was presented before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the British hospital was in the right to disconnect the tubes supplying the man with food and water.

A Polish clinic has offered to accept the patient but the British court also forbade transporting the man to Poland, saying it would represent a significant risk of death for the man.

On Friday, January 22nd, the Regional Court in Warsaw agreed to allow preparations for the man’s transport to Poland.