According to the government, this woman died and then was brought back to life five years later after a clerical error.
The Social Security Administration messed up big time when it declared Catherine dead over five years ago, when she is quite the opposite, alive and well.
She discovered that she had apparently died 5 years ago late last year.
This death alert that was placed on her record by the Social Security Administration has caused her so many more problems than she could have ever anticipated.
She now constantly carries the letter that officially declares her as living, taking back their previous declaration. She said that “it’s a horrible feeling,” that she has to keep this with her at all times.
This kept her from getting a license, a job and also hindered her from maintaining her social services. When she tried to fix her problem, she just kept getting bounced back and forth between difference SSA offices.
Her killer was the Social Security Administration.
Catherine learned she had died when she went to a Lakewood Department of Motor Vehicles office around Christmas 2015 to get a replacement ID card. She learned SSA declared her dead in 2012 — thanks to an errant computer keystroke. “The person hit the wrong key and didn’t check their work. So in 2012, all of the sudden, I was dead,” she said. And as the living dead, it created problems she couldn’t have imagined. “It’s horrible. I couldn’t get a license, no job, no social services, nothing. Everything in my life came to a screeching halt,” she said.