Polish ex-president Lech Wałęsa is in hospital. The reason is the severe course of the covid-19 disease.
Lech Wałęsa published the information about the hospitalization together with a photo from the hospital room on his Facebook on Monday afternoon.
The 80-year-old Polish ex-president is wearing a breathing mask.
Wałęsa’s secretary Marek Kaczmar confirmed the information of RMF FM radio. According to him, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize began to feel ill during his stay in a sanatorium in the seaside town of Ustka.
With a fever, Wałęsa then returned to Gdańsk, where he ended up in the hospital there.
According to Kaczmar, the ex-president feels “like an octogenarian with covid”. “He’s going through it hard,” he added.
The former leader of the Solidarity trade union movement is a great symbol of the changes in the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his opposition to the communist regime.
In 1990, he won in the second round of direct presidential elections. After five years in office, he was defeated by Alexandr Kwaśniewski.
Wałęsa remains active even in his 80s. He regularly informs about his life, meetings, conferences and stays in the spa, at the doctor and abroad on social networks.
He also occasionally comments on political events. He ranks among the staunch critics of Jarosław Kaczyński’s ruling era of the Law and Justice (PiS) party.