This is truly an amazing story — not mention one of many reasons why you should never count out a Pole! In 1988 railwayman Jan Grzebski was hit by a train and subsequently fell into a coma. A very long coma. But now he has woken up, and what he has found is a world entirely different from anything he had ever known.

When Grzebski fell into a coma back in 1988 the communists were still in control of Poland, and he had four children. Now, the communists are gone — after getting the boot in 1989 — and Poland is a member of the European Union; not to mention Grzebski now has 11 grandchildren.

He attributes his survival to his wife, Gertruda, as doctors had written off any hope of him waking up long ago. “She’s the one who always took care of me. She saved my life,” he said. As for his wife, she said “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.” Clearly a fine example of why you should have faith and never give up hope.

So what does Grzebski have to say about the world today, 19 years later?

“What amazes me today is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning. I’ve got nothing to complain about.”

If only we could all have such a relaxed approach to life, this world would be a much more pleasant place to live in.

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