UPDATE: A new report from MSNBC suggests that the original report is a hoax. Contributor Erin Tennant claims to have received a translated denial from Polish authorities calling into question the report first run by The Daily Mail and Austrian Times.
Several outlets, including Yahoo News, The New York Daily News, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post and MSN itself, which has now retracted its original story, carried the report. Here are some of the new details from their investigation:
- In a translated email, a police spokesperson in Wroclaw, Poland says they are not investigating such a case.
- A legal adviser for Poland's Chamber of Physicians and Dentists also tells MSNBC they are not investigating such a case and are not aware of a dentist named "Anna Maćkowiak" in their records.
- The article's original bylined author, Simon Tomlinson of the Daily Mail, says he does not know where the original story originated, despite bearing his name. "I've drawn a bit of a blank," he told MSNBC.