Man Awakens From 19-Year Coma

The guy gets hit by a train, falls into a coma, doctors find cancer in his brain, and he's only given a few months to live.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The last time Jan Grzebski (yahn grez-EB'-skee) was able to walk and talk, Ronald Reagan was president, the Dodgers won the World Series, and Poland was communist.

The Polish railway worker was hit by a train in 1988 and fell into a coma. Doctors also found cancer in his brain and said he wouldn't live much longer.

But, 19 years later, he is not only still alive — he has come out of his coma.
The 65-year-old credits his wife's round-the-clock care. When doctors could do no more, Gertruda took him home and cared for him. She admits it wasn't easy — but she believed he would recover.

She tells a Polish newspaper she would "fly into a rage every time someone would say that people like him should be euthanized, so they don't suffer."


It’s hard to imagine waking up after 19 years. I don’t know how I would take it. First of all, I wouldn’t remember the accident that put me in the hospital; that would be weird. Secondly, I wouldn’t know how to react to everyone telling me that 19 years has past.


I would probably think that I was actually dead and this was some kind of sick joke from a Twilight Zone hell.