The mayor of a Polish town on Monday appealed for donations of new livers for two boys evacuated from Afghanistan to Poland, seriously intoxicated after consuming poisonous mushrooms.
The mayor of a Polish town on Monday appealed for donations of new livers for two boys evacuated from Afghanistan to Poland, seriously intoxicated after consuming poisonous mushrooms, at a refugee center near Warsaw. “We are all touched by the information about accidental mushroom poisoning,” wrote on Facebook Artur Tusinski, the mayor of Podkowa Lesna, a small town in which the migrant center is located.
Artur Tusinski said the children, who are currently being treated in a Warsaw hospital, will need a liver transplant, and appealed to donors.
He also denied reports that the children ate the mushrooms because they were hungry. “Meals at the center are distributed three times a day,” he said.
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After the Afghans arrived in this center, Artur Tusinski led a collection of basic hygiene products and for children. According to the news site OKO.press, the children’s father, an accountant, worked for the British Army for several years and the family was evacuated by the Polish Army at the request of Britain. According to the portal, the family – consisting of 12 people – arrived in Warsaw last Monday, and the two boys are aged six and eight. Their 17-year-old sister who is also intoxicated is doing better, OKO.press said.
“In connection with this unfortunate accident, the employees of the centers for foreigners will sensitize the Afghan citizens not to consume products of unknown origin,” said Jakub Dudziak, spokesperson for the Office for Foreigners, which manages the centers for foreigners. migrants in Poland.
Jakub Dudziak said a total of five people had sought medical help from the facility for stomach problems, but did not initially report consuming mushrooms.
Poland completed its evacuation mission last week after removing more than 1,300 people from Kabul. Most of the evacuees will remain in Poland after completing the mandatory quarantine. Others were evacuated by Polish troops at the request of third countries or international organizations.