Maryland Woman: "I'm Not Dead!"

(WVLT) - A Maryland woman is looking remarkably well, considering she was declared dead four months ago.

It's not clear how the error was made about her death.

Since the discovery, 81-year-old Phyllis Orr has had a tough time proving she's alive.

All the paperwork Orr has collected indicates she died on April ninth but didn't find out until 3 months later.

That's when a pharmacist called her at home and informed her that she was dead.

“She said, ‘Ms. Orr, I really hate to tell you this, but you're listed as dead,’” Phyllis explains. “I said, ‘I'm what?’”

But this isn't the hardest fight she's faced.

She's beaten cancer twice, had 3 joints replaced, suffered a heart attack and recently underwent a successful triple bypass heart surgery.


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  • by Jane Location: Knoxville on Aug 17, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    The insurance company must have been the ones to list her a dead for the pharmacist to find it. Makes me wonder if they were planning for her to die in order to get her off the insurance plan!
  • by Darlene Location: Morristown on Aug 8, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    At her age I am sure she was drawing social security. Did her social security checks stop? If so, that could have been a hint that something was a amiss. Wonder how the pharmarcist discovered it? This could have been a good news article, but too many facts are missing. Hopefully, she has everything straightened out.

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