In an incredible act of generosity, a kind-hearted boss is selling his restaurant to pay for a 19-year-old waitress's brain tumour treatment.
Brittany Mathis was diagnosed with a ping-pong ball-sized tumour last month. But in the States, medical treatment costs a fortune and she doesn't have health insurance to pay for it.
Most bosses, of course, would be sympathetic – but when Brittany told hers, he went the extra mile and a half – and offered to sell the business he has owned for 17 years.
Michael De Beyer, owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, Texas, said: "I'm not able to just sit by and let it happen. I couldn't live with myself. I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help."
Brittany, whose dad died from a brain tumour when she was a baby and whose older sister and mother also work at the same restaurant, first noticed something was wrong when she saw a rash on her leg.
She said: "I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting. So they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumour."
She was told she had a brain tumour the size of a ping-pong ball in the left side of her brain.
When he heard about her plight, dad-of-two Michael told her he was going to sell his family's 6,000-square-foot restaurant to donate money to them.
He said: "Here's a family, they really work hard, they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open. They didn't even ask anybody for help."
He believes the restaurant is worth about $2 million.
He said: "But now I want to auction it off at a reserve price [or minimum bid - 50 percent of the actual value] and anything above that will go to help Brittany."
He said that after selling the restaurant, he will spend more time with his wife and children.
Brittany's mum Barbara, who is manager of the bar and restaurant, said: "Michael has been a real blessing to our family. And he's just always been there whenever we've needed anything."
Brittany added: "I really think it's an amazing blessing and can't thank him enough."
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