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Immigrant who fell into a coma in New Jersey wakes up in Poland: Hospital DEPORTS stroke victim who lived in US for 30 years
Wladyslaw Haniszewsk was sent to Poland after living in US for 30 years
He was deported after it was discovered he had no medical insurance
Family and Friends say they knew nothing of his deportation until later
Polish diplomats 'furious' at way in which Mr Haniszewsk has been treated
Hospital in Poland says the man was 'dumped on the doorstep' before they agreed to the transfer
An immigrant who suffered a stroke in a New Jersey hospital has woken up from a coma in Poland after being carted 'like a sack of potatoes' to his homeland while unconscious.
Wladyslaw Haniszewski is receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Boleslawiec, despite having lived in the U.S. for the past 30 years.
Polish officials are furious after Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick deported the 69-year-old, who had been living in America illegally, because he had no medical insurance.
Meanwhile, the Boleslawiec hospital claims Mr Haniszewski also lacks health insurance in Poland and his care is costing the medical facility 'a few hundred dollars' a day. Its director said the patient was 'dumped on the doorstep' before they had even agreed to the transfer.
Polish Consul General, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, said she and other diplomats were trying to help Mr Haniszewski, after the hospital suddenly shipped him overseas without informing his friends or family.
They learned only last week that he was gone, Ms Junczyk-Ziomecka told the New York Daily News.
'Imagine being carted around like a sack of potatoes,' she said.
Mr Haniszewski is awake but unable to speak with doctors, the consul said. 'He can smile from time to time, but he is unable to communicate,' she added.
The 69-year-old suffers from a blood disease and lived for many years in Perth Amboy, near Staten Island in New Jersey.
He had lost his job in recent years, which, in turn, saw him lose his apartment. When he became sick, he was living in a local shelter, according to his friend, Jerzy Jedra.
'This is a very good man who I saw on a daily basis for some 12 years,' Mr Jedra told the Daily News.
Mr Jedra took Mr Haniszewski to the New Brunswick hospital earlier this month and it was while he was in hospital that he suffered the stroke.
U.S. hospitals are legally bound to give emergency care to all, but can ship 'undocumented patients' back to their homeland through a process called 'medical repatriation.'
In order to do so the patient must be 'stabilized,' which is not the equivalent of 'stable condition.' In many cases, the patient has an ongoing critical illness. The hospital must also get consent either from the patient, family or a court guardian.
In Mr Haniszewski’s case — first reported in the Polish-language paper Nowy Dziennik — consular officials say this did not happen.
'It's an incredibly disturbing case,' Lori Nessel, director of the Centre for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law told the Daily News.