Woman declared dead by government is very much alive

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SPARTA, Mich. —  A woman in western Michigan was declared dead a year ago, but she’s much better now.

Somehow the Social Security Administration got wind that 25-year-old Sarah Jewell of Sparta had died.

Her Social Security card number was retired, then her credit cards were cancelled, and she couldn’t get a license to work as a pharmacy technician because the state won’t license dead people.

Jewell had been fighting with the federal government since last year, insisting she never died.

She got nowhere, so she contacted a TV news station in Grand Rapids and they began to investigate.

Now Sarah is back from the dead.

The Social Security Administration says her problem is more common than you might think.

About 9,000 people a year are mistakenly declared dead.

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