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    This death cannot be forgotten. The story of Pole RS teaches us a lesson for the future

    The Canadian website detailed the case of Slawomir R., who died in the UK after being disconnected (after a court decision) from water and food. The author of the text Dorothy Cummings McLean pays special attention to the Catholic faith of the deceased Pole.

    ‘A pro-life Polish Catholic has died of dehydration and starvation in an English hospital,’ the anti-abortion website wrote after R. S., the man whose life was being fought for in recent weeks in Britain, died. The biggest obstacle was the procedures in force in Britain – the court decided to disconnect the Pole from water and food, only taking into account the opinion of a part of the family, while the hospital carried out the orders of the court, arguing that it could not do anything about it.


    The Polish authorities came to Sławomir’s aid. Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Warchoł came up with the idea to give the man a diplomatic passport. In an interview with the portal, he stressed that it is a “fight against time”. Unfortunately, it was lost – yesterday R. S.’s family announced his death. 


    ‘LifeSiteNews’ points out that there was a ban on publishing details and photos that could reveal the identity of RS, his wife or children, but Polish media published photos and videos showing the man in the hospital, as well as his name. The author Dorothy Cummings McLean emphasizes the solidarity of Poles with Mr Sławomir.


    ‘Our prayers are with his family. We hope that thanks to the family’s efforts, no one else will have to watch their loved ones die in such an inhumane and degrading manner,’ said pro-life attorney Roger Kiska, as quoted by lifesitenews. com.


    He adds: ‘We are grateful to Poland for all the extraordinary measures it took to save his life.’ 


    The pro-life portal points out that the court made the decision, among other things. based on the testimony of RS’s wife, who said the man claimed that if he could not be saved, she did not want him to be kept alive. In this case, however, he was able to live and died only after he was disconnected from water and food. The court’s decision was also unaffected by other words from Polak’s wife, who was said to have said that Mr Slawomir claimed that ‘every life is precious and that you have to hold on to life and that if something happened to him he would want every step to be taken to save him’.


    The man’s family, who disagreed with his disconnection from water and food, argued that he was a practising Catholic, opposed to abortion and euthanasia, which was expressed by him. in the Alfie Evans case. 


    ‘RS’s family also argued for the depth of his Catholic faith, revealing that although he continued to go to Mass after his civil marriage to a divorced person, he did not attempt to receive Holy Communion. However, RS’s relationship with his wife was later used by the court as evidence that RS may have disagreed with the Church’s end-of-life teachings,’ writes


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