Afghan kids in Poland need ‘new livers’ after eating toxic mushrooms
The Polish town mayor has called for organ donors after two children who migrated from Afghanistan fell so ill after consuming toxic mushrooms they need liver transplants.
“We are all moved by the news of the accidental mushroom poisoning,” Artur Tusinski, mayor of Podkowa Lesna near the Polish capital Warsaw, wrote on social media.
The children are currently being are cured at a hospital in Warsaw.
The private news agency reported that their father, an accountant, worked for several years for the British army.
The family was expatriate by the Polish military at Britain’s request, after the Taliban’s complete takeover of Kabul.
The report has stated that the 12-member family group arrived in Warsaw last Monday and went rummaging in woods outside their migrant center.
According to the report, the children who need transplants are aged six and eight, adding that an older 17-year-old sibling had also fallen ill.
Whereas, Jakub Dudziak, a spokesman for the Office for Foreigners, which runs refugee centers in Poland, has denied “the children had eaten the mushrooms because they were being fed only twice a day and were hungry.”
He said the refugees were being provided “with three meals a day, consisting of varied ingredients with appropriate calorific value, including dairy products, meat, vegetables, fruit, and drinks”.
“In connection with this unfortunate accident, employees of centers for foreigners will sensitize Afghan citizens not to consume products of unknown origin,” he added.
“A total of five people had asked for medical assistance at the facility complaining of stomach problems but they had not initially said they had eaten mushrooms,” said Dudziak.
Poland concluded its withdrawal mission last week after transferring more than 1,300 people from Kabul.
Most of the refugees will stay in Poland after finalizing obligatory quarantine but others who were expatriate by Polish troops on behalf of third countries or international organizations will go elsewhere.
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