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article imageAustralian woman saves life of boss, then fired weeks later

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 2, 2009 in World
A company worker saved her boss’s life after a heart attack, then a few weeks later, she is fired and she and her husband are kicked out of the company house.
Sharon Hegyi, 39, and her husband David work for the Tipperary Station, 200 kilometers south of Darwin, Australia. The Hegyi’s have five children. The couple had been working at this company for the past seven years.
Sharon is also a registered nurse, which helped her save one of her bosses from a severe heart attack.
The station finance manager David Breed had a heart attack in September of last year, but lucky for him Sharon was nearby.
She gave him medication and connected him to an oxygen tank until the ambulance arrived. But she felt it will be too late to wait for the ambulance, so she and her husband drove her manager to the nearby hospital.
Sharon Hegyi told Northern Territory News.
But he (manager) deteriorated rapidly and I thought he was going to die...So we put him in a car and David drove towards Adelaide River.
They were able to meet the ambulance half way. The manager was then transferred to the ambulance and taken to the hospital.
The manager survived the incident after several weeks at the hospital. Without Hegyi’s help, he may not have survived.
After the Christmas holidays, the couple returned to work, where they were told by the company that they were fired from their jobs. The company sent them a severabce package and told them to vacate their home within two weeks.
Sharon Hegyi was completely devastated by the company’s decision. She told the Northern Territory News:
"I could understand it if we'd done something wrong...But we didn't."
She said it was an ideal place for them to raise their children, and it will be difficult for them now to relocate with no jobs, no home and five children to take care of.
The company’s human resources boss Elise Dunlea responded in a letter to the Northern Territory News that they laid-off the couple because of “down-sizing”.
David Warriner, the Tipperary general manager confirmed with the newspaper that Ms. Hegyi saved one of their managers. But regarding her firing he said it is just business and a difficult one to make.
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