A Polish mayor was left fighting for his life on Sunday night after a convicted criminal stabbed him while on stage at a charity event.
Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and collapsed after being stabbed in the abdomen multiple times in front of the audience.
The attack happened during the “Lights to Heaven” fundraiser organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Poland’s most important charity.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed that “doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and there is hope, but his condition is very difficult.” He called for people to pray for the mayor.
Mr Adamowicz was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Medical officials appealed for blood donations. More than five hours after the attack there were no updates on his condition. Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glod went to the hospital while the operation was underway, the internet news portal Onet reported.