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terça-feira, 13 de setembro de 2011

[NEWS] Mother takes time off to donate kidney to son… and comes back to work to find out she’s been fired

A Pennsylvania mother who donated her kidney to save her son's life has been left without a job, after her employer fired her for taking a leave of absence. Claudia Rendon received some of the worst news a mother could get when doctors delivered the news her son Alex was in desperate need of a life-saving transplant. She had used up her holiday earlier that year, following her mother and her uncle's deaths - and her father's diagnosis with leukaemia.

A year painfully marked by her bereavement, she said the best news she had received all year was when doctors told her she was a match for her son's kidney. Ms Rendon told MyFoxPhilly.com: 'Everything was coming down all at once.

God gave me the blessing of being able to give my son my kidney,' she said. But her bosses at the Aviation Institute Of Maintenance, in Northeast Philadelphia, were not so understanding.

Executives at the company, which teaches would-be mechanics how to fix airplanes, asked Ms Rendon to sign an agreement indicating her job may not be secured for her should she take medical leave.

She complied, and late last week, when she attempted to return to work, her supervisor told her he had filled her position - despite the company touting her as a 'good employee', reports Fox.
A company spokesman would not comment on details surrounding the case, while noting such a termination was within their legal rights.

According to the Family Medical Leave Act, an employee is covered for 12 weeks, less time than what Ms Rendon took off. However, smaller companies with under 50 employees, such as Aviation Institute of Maintenance, operate under different regulations.

But for Ms Rendon's son, who has survived his illness because of his mother's selfless act, the corporate decision is a heartless one that is difficult to understand. 

'She saved my life basically,' Alex Rendon said. 'Who else can say their mom gave them life two times?'

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