Polish Man Emerges From Coma After 19 Years, The World Has Changed


A Polish railway worker who was hit by a train 19 years ago has emerged from his coma. The man, Jan Grzebski, went into a coma when Poland was still being run by the Communists under the power of the Soviet Union.

Now he has emerged into a world of capitalism, a member of NATO, and freedoms he has never dreamed about. It is a great example of the Rip Van Winkle syndrome, and why we should never give up hope for those who go into a coma.

Railwayman Jan Grzebski fell into a coma after he was hit by a train in 1988, the private channel Polsat said. In an interview, Grzebski said that he owed his survival to his wife, Gertruda.
“She’s the one who always took care of me. She saved my life,” he said.

Grzebski was a father of four at the time of the accident. He is now making the acquaintance of 11 grandchildren. Doctors had not expected Grzebski to survive, let alone emerge from the coma. “I cried a lot, and I prayed a lot. Those who came to see us kept asking: ‘When is he going to die?’ But he’s not dead,” said Getruda. The Raw Story

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Polish Man Emerges From Coma After 19 Years, The World Has Changed”

    1. Rammstein on June 2nd, 2007 9:13 pm

      What does this have to do with the tragedy that was the Terri Schiavo case?

    2. Richard on June 2nd, 2007 10:21 pm

      I wonder if this person will read the newspapers and catch up on the events that took place during his sleep.

      If so, will he lament having woken up?

    3. Richard on June 2nd, 2007 10:22 pm

      The poor soul has never heard of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton … my guess is he’ll probably regret waking up.

    4. Teresa on June 3rd, 2007 4:18 am

      Just when you think most of the world has went to hell. Along comes a great story like this. How wonderful for the family that he has awoke. Now hopefully this poor man can deal with the vast changes that have occured since 1988.

    5. Joyce Hoover on September 6th, 2008 5:17 pm

      Being in a comatose state, and being brain dead, are two very different things. Terri, no matter how her parents used her ituation to their benefit, showed NO brain activity..NO signs of quality of life !!

      Her father lamented that Terri asked him not to allow her husband to let her be killed. The problem with that, is they had nothing to show as proof, except the fathers word. IF Terri had batted an eye, wiggled her nose/a finger/a toe, etc etc etc, in response to anything said to/asked of her, on que, then it was up to the parents to show the general public proof of that quality. They would have taken a video cam to that room, in spite of any court order not to do this or that, and gotten the proof needed to make sure Terri was safe. IF it was your child, would you care about anything a court handed down? I’d gladly go to jail (as if they would condemn a parent who is coming to the aid of their child), to save my child…and so would they have, if Terri had communicated with them. Can you say MONEY/MEDIA ATTENTION??? Even the “right to lifers” groups in the background, could be seen packin’ up their wares, preparing to move on to the next cause. They had done all they could do…and were made to look foolish by Terri’s parents.

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