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University in northwest China sorry for sacking cancer-stricken teacher who later died

A university in northwest China has apologised to the family of a former employee who died after she was fired while undergoing cancer treatment.

Lanzhou Jiaotong University’s Bowen College in Gansu province published the apology on Monday, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

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It was addressed to former employee Liu Lingli, an English instructor at the college who died from ovarian cancer on August 14.

A group of university employees visited Liu’s family on Monday and announced that her position at the institute would be formally recognised.

The university also suspended human resources director Jiang Xueyun for firing Liu.

This was the first response from the university since the case was made public in June.

A court ruling around the time ordered the university to rehire Liu, according to the report.

College dean, Chen Lin, who refused to meet Liu or her family after her dismissal, has not commented on the matter.

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“I want Chen to apologise to us in person, publicly,” said Liu Shuqin, the mother of Liu Lingli.

An employee at the university told the news portal that Liu Lingli was fired for “failing a reassessment” while being treated for a liver condition.

The university has paid her family a pension of 72,000 yuan (HK$84,240).