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‘This is not heartwarming’: People are pissed after co-workers donate sick days to nurse who has leukemia

'Can we please stop romanticizing the failures of our system.'


Eilish O'Sullivan


Posted on Dec 15, 2020

A nurse’s story is going viral after her co-workers had to donate their paid time off and sick days to her so that she could battle leukemia.

According to ABC 7, Lorie Carafelli-Fleming, a nurse at Impact Health Care, began missing work so that she could undergo leukemia treatments. When her co-workers found out, they donated their time off to her. “I’m unable to work so having the ability to still get paid is a blessing, and they really truly are a blessing for me,” Carafelli-Fleming told the local ABC affiliate.

Impact Health Care, according to one of Carafelli-Fleming’s co-workers, also “made some special arrangements for her, for extra time, some different insurance coverage.”

After the story was dubbed “heartwarming” by the outlet on Twitter, users were quick to correct the description. “It looks like you have misspelled HEARTBREAKING,” one user wrote in response.

Many are having a hard time finding a story about a cancer patient having to rely on the personal kindness and sacrifice from co-workers to be able to recover without worrying about not getting paid “heartwarming.” “So heartwarming to live in a country that can’t even provide basic healthcare and time off to its citizens,” one user said.

Others are pointing to the story as yet another example of why the U.S. is a failed state. “Can we please stop romanticizing the failures of our system,” one Twitter user urged.

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2020, 8:34 pm CST