She's Alive


It took several office visits, dozens of documents and plenty of hours on the phone, but Carol Combes has convinced the Social Security Administration that she is alive. The administration wrongly declared the New York woman dead after a clerk in Alabama typed in the wrong number. That led to her bank account being closed and other problems. In fact, those problems may not be over; Social Security administration officials say that other government agencies may be slow in correcting their own records.