Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Polish mayor 'critical' after stabbing on stage at Gdansk charity event

Gdansk's Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks with people as he collects money for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdansk Poland Polish mayor critical after knifeman stabs him IN THE HEART in bizarre on-stage attack (VIDEOS)
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 17:09

Poland's President, Andrzej Duda, tweeted that doctors told him they were able to restart Adamowicz's heart and "there is hope but the condition is still very hard". Lukasz Szumowski, the health minister of Poland, delivered the sad news on Monday, telling local media: "We couldn't win".

Deputy prosecutor general Krzysztof Sierak said the suspect would be charged with attempted murder and would undergo a psychological assessment due to "doubts about his sanity".

Video footage showed the attacker bursting onto the podium and launching himself at Pawel Adamowicz, 53, who had been waving sparklers with others on stage at the Sunday evening fundraiser.

Nearly 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. After the attack, the assailant told the crowd that he blamed Adamowicz's former political party for his jailing in 2014 for a series of violent attacks.

Doctors list Adamowicz in very serious condition, saying more time is needed before they will know if his life will be saved.

A Polish doctor says that the prognosis for the mayor of Gdansk remains uncertain after he lost a lot of blood and suffered oxygen deprivation in a knife attack. He suggested the situation would become clearer within the next 20 hours.

The man, who gave his name as Stefan, was detained and led from the stage.

He called the incident "an act of inexplicable barbarity".

"That's why Adamowicz dies", he said before being knocked down to the ground by security.

In this Saturday, April 21, 2018 file photo, the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz addresses a rally organized in protest against a recent gathering by far-right groups in this Baltic coast city, in Gdansk, Poland.

She insisted politicians in Poland need "greater responsibility for words, for deeds" because "there is no shortage of madmen on both sides" of the political spectrum. A spokesman for the hospital called his condition "very serious". Some said they were given time off work to help save Adamowicz.

Gdansk is holding a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday.

Polish media reported that a number of political officials and Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital during the operation.

Adamowicz also advocated bringing wounded Syrian children to Gdansk for medical treatment, a plan, however, blocked by the Law and Justice government.