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    Poland's Gdańsk Mayor in Serious Condition After Being Stabbed at Charity Event

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    The mayor of the polish city of Gdańsk is in heavy condition after being stabbed with a knife at a charity event, local hospital reported.

    Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz has been stabbed with a knife at a charity event, mayor's press secretary said. The mayor was stabbed near his heart and is currently undergoing a surgery after being rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

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    The attacker is currently in custody, there is no official information on motives behind the attack. According to witnesses' reports, the suspect was claiming that he had been sentenced to prison innocent.

    Later, Polish president Andrzej Duda took to Twitter, saying that he "received information that the doctors managed to restore the heartbeat of President Paweł Adamowicz", noting however, that the mayor's condition was still serious.

    One of the hospital doctors told reporters later that surgeons fought for the life of Adamowicz for five hours, using as many as 41 bags of blood, or almost 20 liters (5 gallons), during the operation.

    "The operation lasted 5 hours. During the operation, the patient received 41 bags of blood," said the doctor.

    One bag typically contains 450 millilitres of blood.

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