Pole wakes up after 19 years of coma to find communism gone

Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 02:38 pm

WARSAW (Reuters) - A 65-year-old railwayman who fell into a coma following an accident in communist Poland regained consciousness 19 years later to find democracy and a market economy, Polish media reported on Saturday.

Wheelchair-bound Jan Grzebski, whom doctors had given only two or three years to live following his 1988 accident, credited his caring wife Gertruda with his revival.

"It was Gertruda that saved me, and I'll never forget it," Grzebski told news channel TVN24.

"For 19 years Mrs Grzebska did the job of an experienced intensive care team, changing her comatose husband's position every hour to prevent bed-sore infections," Super Express reported Dr Boguslaw Poniatowski as saying.

"When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere," Grzebski told TVN24, describing his recollections of the communist system's economic collapse.

"Now I see people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin."

Grzebski awoke to find his four children had all married and produced 11 grandchildren during his years in hospital.

He said he vaguely recalled the family gatherings he was taken to while in a coma and his wife and children trying to communicate with him.
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Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 02:47 pm
Jan Grzebski wrote:
"What amazes me today is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning," said Mr Grzebski.

"I've got nothing to complain about."

Sigh, I hear that, even without having been in a coma. How quickly we get used to better life and resume complaining right away. In fact we complain far more, because we can. You don't go to jail for complaining anymore. But, such is humanity. I suppose that's normal.
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Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 02:49 pm
Good story, Boss . . . a real Rip Van Winkle . . .
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old europe
Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 02:50 pm

Very Happy
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Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 03:03 pm
old europe wrote:

Very Happy

that's what crosed my mind too. but this one is real, even! crazy.
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old europe
Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2007 03:12 pm
Yes, crazy! Imagine you'd fall into a coma today, and wake up in 2026.........
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