Polish immigrant Wladyslaw Haniszewski lived in the United States for about 30 years, and spent many of them in Perth Amboy.
The 69-year old Haniszewski, who is dealing with a blood disease, suffered a stroke earlier this month while he was at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He wasn’t there when he awoke.
According to the New York Daily News, friends of Haniszewski, who has no insurance and is undocumented, say he was shipped to a hospital in Boleslawiec, Poland without his consent. U.S. hospitals can legally deport stabilized undocumented patients by receiving consent from the patient, family or a court guardian.
Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik says no such consent was given. New Brunswick hospital spokesman Peter Haigney said Haniszewski was notified he was being discharged. Haigney said, according to Yahoo! News, “As the hospital's understanding of the facts differs from the published reports, we are conducting a thorough review of the procedures and communications surrounding this gentleman's care.”
Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Polish Consul General, argues that Haniszewski never could have given his consent because he was put on a chartered flight while still being in a coma. Haniszewski cannot currently communicate with hospital staff members.
The Boleslawiec hospital says Haniszewski was not fit enough to agree to being transferred, Mail Online reports. The report indicates that Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital used a specially hired Air Escort Medical Flight and ambulance to send Hanisewski to Poland.
The Center for Social Justice says U.S. hospitals have tried to return more than 800 immigrants back home since 2006. But the immigrant often faces a health risk if they land at a lesser hospital back home.