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Olympian Maria Andrejczyk Auctions Medal for Kid's Heart Surgery

Poland's convenience store Zabka, which bought the silver medal, said the noble gesture by Maria touched it deeply and insisted her to keep the prize

Olympian Maria Andrejczyk Auctions Medal for Kids Heart Surgery

Sentinel Digital Desk

POLAND: With the objective to raise funds for an infant's life-saving medical operation, an Olympic athlete from Central Europe's Poland went on to auction the silver medal she bagged in the Tokyo games. Touched by the athlete's noble initiative, the buyer told her to keep the prize.

Maria Andrejczyk, a 25-year-old javelin thrower, who had a tough time battling bone cancer and a shoulder injury before taking part in this year's Olympics, said she took the decision of auctioning her prize to help the boy as she could feel the pain and adversity which she had to experience prior to the mega tournament.

The infant boy Milosz Malysa is suffering from a cardiac ailment and his family has been raising money in various ways for his operation in the United States. His parents had narrated about his pitiable condition on social media last week and expressed the premonition that Milosz might die without the surgery.

A popular convenience store in Poland Zabka, which bid an amount of $51,000 at the auction and bought Maria's medal, said the athlete could keep her prize. Sharing its reaction, Zabka said it was deeply touched by the noble gesture of the Olympian.

Meanwhile, the news of Milosz has struck a chord with many as an additional sum of $76,500 has been contributed by fans for the child's heart surgery. As per the latest reports, Milosz's fundraising page has achieved over 99 percent of its target.

The Olympian expressed her thankfulness to Zabka for buying the prize saying she would be eternally grateful to the company and that she had no words to describe her happiness.

The authorities in Maria's community in Poland, even before the bidding process was completed, said they were ready to create a replica of the medal for her.

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