Woman loses health benefits during coma

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – An Ohio woman says she was kicked off of welfare for not reporting that she was in a coma.

Kimberly Thompson was laid off earlier this year from her job. She applied and was approved for food assistance and cash assistance, but then her life was turned upside down by a medical emergency.

Thompson spent two and a half months in the hospital last summer after an infection ravaged her body. 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,” Thompson said.

She has lasting damage to her kidneys and liver, and her spleen was removed. Most all of her toes were amputated, too.

Adding insult to injury, while she was comatose, the county kicked her off government assistance.

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