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A local oral surgeon was just trying to help one of his employees when he laid her off from work following her cancer diagnosis, insists an attorney who represents him.

The letter written by Dr. George Visnich to Carol Jumper informing her she had been laid off from work due to her diagnosis went viral on social media after one of her friends posted a copy of it to Facebook.

The Beaver Countian published interviews with Jumper’s family and friends earlier this week who expressed outrage at the apparent callousness of the doctor’s letter.

But according to New Castle attorney Larry Kelly, the doctor’s note is being misinterpreted and a man he has known for decades is being misjudged by those on social media.

“Dr. Visnich was trying to provide [Ms. Carol Jumper] with an opportunity to take some time off without having to worry about her job duties and responsibilities,” said attorney Larry Kelly. “What is happening now from the standpoint of work is in her best interest. She doesn’t have to worry about going to work, she still has a source of income, and she can concentrate her efforts on getting better.”

Dr. Visnich has not contested Jumper’s unemployment claim, which should allow her to receive at least 26 weeks of compensation.

Visnich’s attorney said he is hurt by the social media firestorm that he has found himself embroiled in. “These are wonderful people, the reason I am involved is they go to my church,” said Kelly. “I am their family attorney, that is why they contacted me when they started seeing what was being posted on social media about them — they were horrified.”

The man’s letter has now literally traveled the globe after being posted online earlier this week. A group established on Facebook by friends of Carol Jumper to help rally support on her behalf has now jumped to nearly 700 members.

Friends of Jumper say t-shirts raising funds for her have been ordered by people in 10 different states. People from as far away as the United Kingdom have written to their group wanting to know how they can send donations.

Larry Kelly said Dr. Visnich is disappointed that he’s been made out to be a villain on social media, but still his thoughts are with Carol. “We haven’t reached out to her because Ms. Jumper is a woman who is undergoing very aggressive treatment and should only be worried about one thing… getting better.”

Kelly said Carol Jumper’s job in Dr. Visnich’s office will be waiting for her when she returns to health.

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photo by Rose Lerini, published with permission
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Ron Sinclair
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Ron Sinclair

More like trying to help himself…

Ed L
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Ed L

That Dr what a scum bag, she should sue the jerk into the poor house. I’m sure he violated some discrimination law related to disabilities.

Concerned Resident
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Concerned Resident

It’s too late to back track now. Damage is done. Should of handled it more professionally, not a certified letter. Pick up the phone or go to her house, she’s worked for you for 12 years.

Paul Heckathorn
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Paul Heckathorn

If he was doing it to better the situation don’t you think he would have called her in and explained why he was going to do it ? Where is the compassion or regard for human life? To me the letter was over the top and showed that he only cares about his practice. Sad on so many levels ….

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lifeguard

You are 100% correct. Visnich’s explanation via his lawyer is pure bullshit. It’s nothing but a lame attempt at damage control. If your explanation was in fact your true intent, you wouldn’t have done it in such a cold, callous way! A smart person would have done it face to face, all the while laying out his logic for his actions. If he would have explained it to Carol in this manner, she would have understood what was going on and she probably would have agreed with everything and wouldn’t have a cause to go public with this.

I’d like to know who the genius was that thought this was the appropriate way to handle this matter. Was it you Doc, your wife, or do you have the same team of advisers that the White House uses?

Oh and BTW, I just noticed that this story just made the frontpage of AOL………………..pictures of your letter and all. That gotta be good for business, huh Doc?

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lifeguard

Long ago someone said you can’t please everybody, and that 10% of the population are morons. I guess that 1 dissenting vote for my previous comment proves that theory. My guess is it’s the Doc, his wife, or attorney attempting damage control again………………..Way to go, that’ll get the Genie back in the bottle.

Kilgore Trout
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Kilgore Trout

Laughable. If it was in her best interest he would have discussed it with HER, not just sent a letter laying her off without a discussion and explanation face to face. She worked for him for 12 years she deserved a face to face meeting and try to work together and figure out what was in HER best interest.

Also many people work through their chemotherapy, if I understand correctly she is an office worker.

I don’t know about you but a 50% pay cut, which is what you get in unemployment benefits in PA., would add quite a bit of stress in figuring out how I was going to pay my bills in addition to a devastating cancer diagnosis.

And by the way according to Forbes:

No. 4 Best-Paying Job: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Average Annual Pay: $217,380
Employees in Field: 5,800

Misterc John
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Misterc John

The good doctor may want to begin having someone proof read his letters. The one he sent her shows very little compassion.