Walesa's injured son conscious after accident

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 8:36 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Doctors in Poland said Monday that the son of former President Lech Walesa is conscious and retained feeling in his legs, despite serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident last week.

Doctors at a Warsaw military hospital said that European Parliament lawmaker Jaroslaw Walesa can move his arms and has feeling in his legs. He is being kept in an induced sleep.

The fact that Walesa retained feelings in his legs gives them hope the 34-year-old will be able to walk again.

"We have some hope that in the future the patient will be able to return to a similar or the same condition that he was in before the accident," said Zbigniew Rybicki, a doctor at the hospital.

Walesa has already had surgery on his spine but will need more operations and faces months of rehabilitation due to broken arms, legs, pelvis and spine.

Walesa sustained the injuries on Friday when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Stropkowo in central Poland.

Doctors said the helmet he was wearing likely saved his life and prevented damage to the skull.

Jaroslaw Walesa is one of eight children of Lech Walesa, the Solidarity founder who led the movement that helped topple communism in Poland in 1989. His leadership in that pro-democracy struggle earned Lech Walesa the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.

The U.S.-educated Jaroslaw Walesa entered politics in 2005 when he was elected to Poland's parliament, representing the pro-market Civic Platform, which is today the governing party of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. In 2009, Jaroslaw Walesa became a member of the European Parliament.

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