THE Polish Ambassador to Ireland has said the generosity towards a Polish woman dying of cancer in Limerick has re-affirmed his beliefs about the generosity of the Irish.
Marcin Nawrot said the number of people who donated funds to help Marta Salacka fly home to Poland in her final days was “overwhelming” and “surprising”, especially in the current economic climate.
“This is not only about Marta’s case, this is about showing solidarity with people around us,” he said on Limerick’s Live 95FM.
After being questioned about complaints in relation to the Polish Embassy not helping Marta, he said the embassy has to operate within “certain limits”, but said that shouldn’t be misunderstood as an unwillingness to help her or others in a similar situation.
The online site to make a donation has now been closed, as thousands of people from around the world helped raise more than €40,000 to fly her home by air ambulance, and assist the family with medical expenses. She is expected to fly home with this week.
In the past week donations have flooded in from people throughout the country, as well as England, Austria, Poland, Germany, Holland, the United States and Australia.
Her friend Monika Habrych, who set up the account, said she has received 3,000 emails in support of Marta, and intends to reply to each person, updating them on Marta’s progress.
After being diagnosed with leukemia in March, Marta was recently told she may have just weeks or months to live.
“She is so grateful, there are no words to explain how she feels. But all she wants is her health and we are all still praying for a miracle. She is praying a lot and everyone is praying for her. Her family is fighting for her, and we don’t want to give up. Hope dies last.”
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