A 65-year-old railwayman who fell into a coma following an accident in communist Poland regained consciousness 19 years later to find democracy and a market economy, Polish media reported on Saturday.
"When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere," Grzebski told TVN24, describing his recollections of the communist system's economic collapse.
"Now I see people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin."
Grzebski awoke to find his four children had all married and produced 11 grandchildren during his years in hospital.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Poland's Rip Van Winkle
A modern-day Rip van Winkle in Poland, as told by Yahoo News.
Someone should give Mr. Grzebski his own reality show... it would be fascinating to follow him around and listen to his reactions to the new world around him.
On a more serious note, I can only imagine the joy his family must be feeling from this good news. Grandchildren can now share the blessing of a grandfather, and each can teach the other about the wonderful world that Mr. Grzebski now finds himself in:
I wonder what his reaction will be when he finds that shops are also selling goods like these: