Shortly after birth, the child was diagnosed with a total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, a heart defect that apparently cannot be treated in Poland.
Polish athlete Maria Andrejczyk decided to auction her silver medal, won in the women’s javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, to help a baby with the need to undergo heart surgery, as announced last Wednesday in your Facebook account.
“It did n’t take me long to make up my mind . It was the first fundraiser I ever went into and I knew it was the right one,” Andrejczyk confessed.
According to the boy’s parents, shortly after birth their son was diagnosed with a total anomalous pulmonary venous connection , a heart defect too serious to be treated in Poland.
According to the athlete, about 1.5 million zlotys (approximately $ 390,000) are needed for the child’s operation , of which half had already been raised. The auction for the medal started from Andrejczyk’s Facebook account with a starting price of 200,000 zlotys (about $ 50,000).
This Monday, Andrejczyk announced that by joining forces, his followers managed to raise more money than necessary and announced the winner of the auction: the ŻABKA store, which will soon receive the medal.
“I hope that for you it is a symbol of the life we have fought for together, ” wrote the Olympic medalist.
On August 5, Maria Andrejczyk took second place in the Olympic javelin throw competition, after losing to a Chinese athlete.