A man who was told he had just hours to live was cruelly sacked when he reported back to work after beating his battle with cancer.Terry Foster, 58, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007, while his wife, Melanie, was pregnant with their first child.He spent 19 days in intensive care and at one point was placed in a side room to die after he was given just 48 hours to live.But the father-of-one, from Southport, Merseyside, fought back and doctors were surprised when his condition improved to the point he could be sent home.

Terry told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I was given the all clear to go home and die at home, but I just continued to get better and I began working from home.’After the birth of his newborn daughter Sophie, now six, Terry was keen to get back to work as a refrigerator engineer so he could support his family.However after meeting up with his manager about returning to his job at CIAT Ozonair, he was shocked to hear he was being sacked.A letter from the company said: ‘It was good to see that your current condition had improved greatly and you had defied all the medical evidence on your chances of survival but your kidneys are still only operating at 30 per cent.

‘To this end the company feel it would be negligent to subject you to undue stress and pressure… which will further delay or affect your recovery and also you mentioned that you will be having a bone marrow transplant at some point next year which could prove hazardous with a lengthy recovery period.’After the birth of his newborn daughter Sophie, now six, Terry was keen to get back to work as a refrigerator engineer so he could support his family

Terry said: ‘Initially my line manager was supportive when I told him I had cancer – he said they’d continue to pay me and to take any time off I needed.‘When I returned to work, my laptop broke and I rang the head office and they advised me to drive to Glasgow to collect a new one.‘I arrived and I knew something was wrong when there was no laptop for me, I just a meeting with my boss.‘He brought me in and told me they were sacking me, he made it very clear it was because I had cancer and was expected to die.’


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