Here in the States, Claudia Rendon lost her job because she took a leave of absence to donate one of her kidneys to save her son’s life. It had already been a difficult year for Rendon, using up her allotted vacation time to deal with the deaths of her mother and uncle, as well as her father’s battle with leukemia. When she asked for a leave of absence, the company hired another person to replace her before she came back. (As a result of public outrage, Rendon was eventually rehired by her company.)