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Only in America: Fall into a coma, lose your benefits

An Ohio woman was denied welfare benefits because she was in a coma — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An Ohio woman was denied welfare benefits after she failed to attend mandatory job-training sessions because she was in a coma. Kimberly Thompson spent a month in the medically induced coma while battling a series of infections. When she woke up, officials told her she would no longer receive $700 in monthly benefits. "How are you supposed to go to class when you are in a coma?" Thompson asked.

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