Juan Antonio Arias of Bronx, New York, wants you to know that he is alive. If you met him, presumably that fact would be self-evident.
But if you are the City of New York, you’re still skeptical.
According to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, Arias, 57, a father of two, died four years ago. Someone at the hospital put his name and date of birth on a death certificate and filed it with the city.
Arias (pictured) says he has no idea why the hospital decided to kill him off. In fact, he had no clue that he was legally dead until the following year when, with no explanation, his Medicaid benefits stopped showing up, according to the New York Post.
Then, embarrassingly, he found his credit cards were canceled. He went to the bank, but they’d closed his account.
He paid his taxes like any other good, living citizen — but the money was sent back to him.
Now Arias is suing the city to retrieve his legal status as a living human being.
Actually, Arias is now suing the city for the third time. The first time he sued, his lawyer blew off the court hearing and the suit was thrown out. The second time, his new lawyer missed a court deadline.
And those were lawyers who knew that Arias was alive.
His third lawsuit should go more smoothly. A city lawyer told the Post that all Arias needs to do is show up with proof of his identity and he’ll win his lawsuit.
Finally, Juan Antonio Arias will live again!
SOURCES: UPI, New York Post