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This Spanish Woman Needs To Prove She Is Still Alive

Juana Escudero, a 53-year-old Spanish woman from Alcala de Guadaira, wants to take drastic measures to prove she’s still alive. Ever since a clerical input error in Spain’s social security database, Ms. Escudero has been legally classified as deceased. The result of this error is that Spain’s many government officers now believe Ms. Escudero and her identity are dead.

Although the status may seem harmless, it has been a bureaucratic and logistical nightmare for Ms. Escudero, who has been barred from renewing her driver’s license and is unable to have her medical records updated by doctors. “[I have] suffered for more than six years,” Ms. Escudero told EFE.

The social security error was made when another Spanish woman, who lived in Malaga and had the same date of birth and exact same birth as Ms. Escudero, died. The unbelievable coincidence caused a glitch in the input database and Ms. Escudero was declared dead alongside the woman from Malaga.

Ms. Escudero first became aware of her new classification when she paid a visit to the emergency room. After pulling up her records, Ms. Escudero’s primary care physician immediately noticed the incorrect deceased designation. “He looked at her, not knowing how to break it to her, and told her that according to Social Security records she was deceased,” Ms. Escudero’s daughter, Marta, told EFE, adding: “the family has not found the funny side of this story for a long time now.”

Luckily, Ms. Escudero’s doctor still treated the woman as “she knew me and knew my situation was urgent.” Despite the problem, Ms. Escudero was confident that it was only temporary and would not affect her daily life. However, Ms. Escudero soon discovered that her incorrect classification – which was constant across government offices – could not be easily fixed by the Social Security Offices.

“They explained to me that someone probably made a typo or maybe it was a computer error. But we went to the treasury, to the courts…and everywhere I appeared as deceased,” said Ms. Escudero.

The shocking misclassification reached its worst point after Ms. Escudero’s husband passed away. In an attempt to secure financial freedom, Ms. Escudero attempted to secure widow benefits after her husband died. Shortly afterwards, local investigators threatened to charge Ms. Escudero with identity fraud. “On top of killing me, they fined me, without hearing my story,” said Ms. Escudero, who also joked that the classification hadn’t affected her mortgage and debt repayments. “On the government’s computers I am dead, but for the banks I am alive and kicking.”

Realizing that no one was going to help her out of her current predicament, Ms. Escudero began researching other deaths across Spain. Finally, she noticed that, on the day that she was declared dead, another woman in Malaga had passed away.

Now, Ms. Escudero is petitioning Malaga’s courts to allow her to use DNA testing and grave opening to verify that she is alive while the other woman is dead. According to Fox, Ms. Escudero has absolutely no connection to the unnamed woman from Malaga.

Source: Fox News, Metro
Photo: EFE, YouTube

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