A woman says, ’I am not dead!’ – level 2

09-09-2021 07:00

Four years ago, Jeanne Pouchain’s husband got a letter from a court which said that his wife died, and he had to pay her debts. It was a crazy moment for the man because his wife was standing next to him.

The court’s mistake meant that the woman was legally dead. The woman started a long fight with authorities to prove that she was alive. Pouchain lost work, and she did not have a valid ID and social security card. It meant that she could not go to the doctor and dentist, and her health started to get worse.

Pouchain’s family spent all their savings on court costs, and the court even took some of their things. Now, it seems that the court may look at Pouchain’s case again, and she could finally feel alive again.

Difficult words: debt (money which a person must pay to somebody else), prove (to show that something is true), social security card (a card with a special number on it with which a person can get a job and some help from the government).

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