Photo: Medical Deportation
An undocumented, 69-year-old, Polish immigrant was deported while in a coma and after having lived in the U.S. for over 30 years.
Wladyslaw Haniszewski apparently suffered a heart attack then fell into a coma. While in a coma it was discovered Haniszewski did not have medical insurance. The hospital chose to deport him to Poland without notification to his friends, family or the patient himself.
Haniszewski had fallen on hard times recently having lost his job and home in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. When he suffered a heart attack Haniszewski was living in a local shelter.
When the undocumented immigrant woke up he discovered he was no longer at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey but rather in a hospital in Boleslawiec, Poland.
Polish authorities are trying to help the ill man who is awake but has limited speech. U.S. hospitals are allowed to medically repatriate patients that are undocumented and unable to pay for their care typically with the consent of the patient’s family.
Since 2006 over 800 undocumented immigrants have been medically deported from a hospital according to the Center for Social Justice and the NY Daily News.