Medford Company Says Employee Taking Care of His Sick Wife Still Has Job

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Tue, July 9 2013 at 6:19 PM, Updated: Wed, September 25 2013 at 9:16 PM

A Medford mom is on life support in a Portland hospital after slipping into a coma shortly after delivering her second child.

Her husband reportedly lost his job while trying to care for her.

22-year-old Kiersten King is still fighting for her life.

Her husband Adrian by her side.     

Kiersten was diagnosed with a rare life threatening pregnancy complication called acute fatty liver.   

"When she was rushed to OHSU they were telling the family that we don't know if she's going to make this, would you stay here and go to Centurylink, and work. No." Says family friend, Christi Wilson.

And neither did adrian.....

Wilson says "they told him that it is in your best interest if you resign if you're going to go up there."

Family, friends, a community all spoke out.

Century link denied the claim to KOBI on the phone.

"The employee himself knows he has not lost his job" says Mark Molzen, spokesperson for CenturyLink.

Starting over the weekend, facebook was inundated.

"Where is the compassion."
"I'm extremely appalled to hear your company fired an employee who went to be with his wife in critical condition after the birth of their child. How heartless and cruel." says Facebook members.

CenturyLink, continues to deny Adrian was fired or lost his job.
KOBI did speak with them over the phone.

Moltzen says "we've conducted an extensive review, including talking to the company's supervisor, who has been in frequent contact with the employee, at no time in this process have we indicated that we would fire the employee or even discipline the employee for absences related to the birth of his child or the care of his wife."

KOBI tried to reach Adrian about his employment status, but couldn't.

Regardless of exactly what happened, the good news here, we're told Adrian will have his job when he does come home.

Kiersten is in still in critical condition tonight.

Doctors have told family members that the odds are against her with how sick she is, but they are still very hopeful and optimistic.

Questions were brought up if Adrian would qualify for FMLA, but he was a new employee. We've attached a link for information on eligible employees.

If you'd like to help the family a paypal account has been set up under the email helping This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
       

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