County cancels welfare benefits because woman in coma ‘didn’t report in’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An Ohio woman says while she has been fighting for her life, the government has taken away her benefits.

Kimberly Thompson was laid off earlier this year.

After being let go, she applied and was approved for food assistance and cash assistance.

However, her life was turned upside down by a medical emergency.

Last summer, Thompson was rushed to the hospital after an infection ravaged her body.

In all, she spent two and a half months in the hospital.

During nearly half of her hospital stay, she was in a coma.

“My organs started failing, so they had to put me in a medically-induced coma,” she told WCMH.

She has lasting damage to her kidneys and liver. Β Her toes were amputated and her spleen was removed.

While she was comatose, the county kicked her off government assistance.

“Well, I was in a coma, and I didn’t report in. I was supposed to report in once a week, and since I didn’t report in, they just cut it all off and sanctioned me,” Thompson said.

Fortunately, Legal Aid stepped in and was able to have her food assistance reinstated.

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