New York working mom Debbie Stevens, 47, claims this is what happened to her after she donated one of her kidneys to her sick boss, who had been unable to find a donor. But there's more to the claim: Stevens asserts that she was "groomed" to be a "backup" donor, and now she wants her kidney back. No, really. According to the New York Post:
The Long Island mother who was fired after she donated her kidney to save her boss' life demanded that the woman return the organ yesterday. "You hate me so much, and I'm so despicable — give me my kidney back!" wailed Debbie Stevens, 47. Her employer at Atlantic Automotive Group, Jackie Brucia, 47, thanked Stevens for the gift yesterday — and then "wished her the best." "I will always be grateful that she gave me a kidney," Brucia told 1010 WINS-AM radio. "I have nothing bad to say about her. I will always be grateful to her — she did a wonderful thing for me."
Stevens has filed a complaint with New York's Human Rights Commission. But wait, because the story gets even stranger. The two ladies weren't a perfect match, kidney-wise, and so Stevens' kidney was transplanted into someone other than her boss. Stevens did apparently have surgery in the attempt to help her boss, however, even though the kidney didn't end up going directly to her.
So...now what? Will Stevens win legal damages? Does she want her job back? Are we looking at a future Law And Order plot line? Will we start seeing workplace columnists debating the perils of manager-employee organ donation? What a strange story. It's right up there with London-based Aviva Investors mistakenly firing its entire staff by email the other day when it meant to fire only one particular employee. Oops. We'd like to recall that email message; you do have to work the rest of the day, everyone. Carry on. Gee, I wonder how morale is around the office today. Do the company's employees still feel like they'd give an arm and a leg to work there? Oh, nevermind.