Considerate Mortuary Employee

Pain of Loss

Pain of Loss

A man wearing a lab coat exited a building with a white bag in his hand. He approached a vehicle parked by the rear entrance and handed the bag to men waiting beside. “It was only when he said our surname that I realised that the darker shape at the bottom of the bag was my little daughter,” says Marcin, whose child died shortly after birth in a Łódź hospital. With his wife still in hospital, Marcin, accompanied by a social worker, was on his way to the mortuary in order to identify his daughter’s body. What he saw shocked him deeply, and, while he refused to tell his wife about it, he decided to speak up, anonymously, hoping to spare other parents a similar experience: “I’m not looking to cause a scandal, and I don’t want the publicity. The reason why I tell people what happened is to make the employees of this funeral parlour think about what they’re doing and prevent anyone else from having to go through something like this.” A funeral parlour representative, tasked with investigating what happened, admits that the employee grossly mishandled the situation; however, she is convinced that he meant well: “Perhaps, he wanted to make the job of the people who were there to collect the body easier? Most likely, he wanted to spare the child’s father the pain of identifying the body. He’s a very experienced worker, and there have been no complains about him until now. I’m convinced that his behaviour didn’t result from a lack of respect for the dead girl or her relatives.”
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Original Knight Hospitaller

Original Knight Hospitaller

One year ago, an elderly man visited the Knights Hospitallers in Chojny. He requested to speak to the prior of the community and moments later he was ushered into the hospital’s administrative office. Franciszek Salezy Chmiel, member of the order, says: “He introduced himself as doctor Wacław Łęcki. He said he was 91 and that he came to us because he wanted to build a new hospital”. Brother Chmiel admits that at first he was sceptical; he told the older man that the idea required some thought. One week later, Wacław Łecki returned. He told the monks that he did not have much time left and that, if they wanted to proceed, they needed to hurry. The elderly man owned three hectares of land and wanted to start building there. As it turned out, the Knights Hospitallers had already started building a rehabilitation centre in another place, but they lacked sufficient funds to finish the construction and open the facility. The monks suggested that instead of building another centre, Łęcki could help the Knights Hospitallers complete the unfinished one and have it named after himself. The man agreed, explaining: “I didn’t choose this hospital randomly. I had a chance to see many different hospitals in Łódź, but only the one ran by the Brothers Hospitallers really stood out. They treat their patients well.”
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Poland is Home Appliance Heaven

Home Appliance Heaven

Home Appliance Heaven

This May, manufacturers, distributors and experts in the home appliance sector met at the 3rd International Forum of Home Appliance Manufacturers in Pabianice. The main theme of the forum was the future of the industry in Poland and abroad. As the deputy president of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency reports, Poland is a perfect place for such investments. She believes Poland’s advantages include expertise and extensive connections with suppliers in the industry. Poland provides companies with a large customer base with 12 million households but most of all investing in Poland gives access to the larger Eastern European and EU markets. Additionally, Anna Polak-Kocińska claims that Poland can offer an attractive system of support for both domestic and foreign businessmen. Cooperation with the Łódź Special Economic Zone, the centre of the home appliance sector in Poland, shows that Poland is a perfect base for such investment. Companies like BSH or Indesit have been visible in the Zone. According to the head of the Łódź Special Economic Zone, other investors will soon follow suit.
paiz.gov.pl

Łódź Connects with Amsterdam

Łódź Expands

Łódź Expands

The first direct flight from Łódź to Amsterdam took place on 28 March. This new route will be operated by Adria Airways which has only recently begun cooperating with Łódź airport making the city its base. To attract passengers, the airline is offering tickets for as little as €99 both ways. Bringing Adria Airways to Łódź is crucial for the continual development of the airport as well as the whole region. As well as Amsterdam, the airline also flies to Munich. These two destinations are convenient transit points that will connect Łódź with the world. Mateusz Walasek, a councillor from Łódź, believes that Adria Airways will bring to his city not only tourists but also foreign entrepreneurs tempted by the possibility to bypass Warsaw and shorten their journey. All passengers of the first flight to the capital of the Netherlands received tulips and commemorative cards. The airplane was traditionally welcomed with a water salute.
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Breakthrough Cure for Diabetic Foot?

Hydrogel

Hydrogel

Scientists from Łódź have developed a new hydrogel dressing to treat diabetic wounds. It supplies a tetrapeptide capable triggering the reconstruction of damaged blood vessels and the formation of new ones. That, in turn, can decrease the number of amputations. Diabetic wound care poses a greater problem than treating any other type of sores, both in Poland and worldwide. The costs of therapy and social implications are huge. More than 10,000 diabetes-related lower limb amputations are performed in Poland annually. No currently available biomaterials can significantly increase the probability of diabetic foot healing, and its treatment effectiveness hovers typically around just 50%. This is due to the nature of diabetic wounds characterised by necrosis which results from blood vessel damage leading to nervous tissue destruction and the gradual decay of the wound area. The novelty of the solution proposed in Łódź consists in combining a long-known hydrogel dressing with a simple tetrapeptide which, when introduced into the affected body part, provokes angiogenesis, that is the generation and regeneration of blood vessels. The same compound is naturally produced in humans, but it breaks down rapidly, hence its concentration in the body is very low. The tetrapeptide, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, has until now been administered by injection into tissues surrounding the wound. That, however, made it impossible to control the exact area of the drug action, causing sudden high concentrations followed by an equally sudden breakdown of the compound, which cancelled out the therapeutic effect. Professor Janusz Rosiak from the Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry at the Łódź University of Technology explains that cellular tests of the biomaterial developed by his team have been successful. The dressing is applied directly onto the wound. It allows access to oxygen, constitutes a barrier against infection from the outside, absorbs effusions, ensures a moist environment, alleviates pain and, when removed from the sore, takes away necrotic tissue. The dressing enables a steady dosage of the tetrapeptide, which may prove to be a breakthrough in diabetic wound treatment. The solution has been registered at the patent office, but unless funds for further pre-clinical and clinical trials are raised, the scientists might make the know-how of their idea public.
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Death for Dog Rescuer

Beware of Manholes

Beware of Manholes

The tragedy took place on one Saturday morning in March 2009 in Łódź. Pedestrians informed the sanitary engineer of the city that a dead woman.was found in a electrical-heating well in the city centre. According to the police, she went down the well to rescue her dog. The engineers who arrived on the scene witnessed a horrible sight. The frightened and panicking 3-month-old dog was running around inside the well barking and howling and the woman was caught upside down the 5-metre well. Firefighters and the ambulance service were called out immediately. “One of them went into the well with help of mountain equipment,” recalled Artur Michalak, spokesman for Łódź fire brigade. Unfortunately, the woman had died.

Red Pandas in Łódź

Red Panda

Red Panda

They only eat a special kind of bamboo, are 9 months old and have already won our heartd – red pandas have moved into Łódź zoo. The pandas only arrived in Łódź on Tuesday, and one could already have the chance of seeing them on Thursday. “They are still a little stressed and shy, but every now and then they come out and show themselves,” says Magdalena Janiszewska, head of the Łódź Municipal Zoo. The red panda is an endangered species. Their fur is used to produce traditional caps in Nepal, which are given to newly-married couples as a good luck talisman. The tradition is not as lucky for the pandas themselves, who are close to extinction. The term panda is most often associated with the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) but they have nothing in common with the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) except for the name and a predilection for bamboo, which makes up 90% of a red panda’s diet. They also eat eggs, small birds and mammals as well as insects. They live in the Himalayas.
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