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Calgary woman struggles to prove she’s alive
Colleen Schmidt, CTV Calgary
Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:36PM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:39PM MST
It was all there in Alberta Health's records, a wife and mother, dead at the age of 28.
The problem is that the victim in this case is very much alive.
Tamille Holloway didn't realize the province thought she was dead until she went for a check-up last week.
Her doctor was stunned to see her because their records had indicated that she had just died.
Office staff showed her a notification from Alberta Health that says she'd died several days earlier but there was no indication of how or where.
Holloway's identification was stolen several years ago and she thinks that may have led to the mix up but she says it's been a nightmare trying to prove she's still alive.
“I'm speechless, I don't know what to do, I haven’t slept ever since I heard it,” said Holloway. I” don't know what else it’s going to do and I’m just afraid of the things that are coming.”
Health officials would only tell her someone with her name or ID may have died out of province.
CTV Calgary called the medical examiners in Alberta B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba and they had no record of Holloway.
The ME’s office wouldn't have records if someone died under non-suspicious circumstances but the province should.
The government told CTV that only family could access those records so Holloway’s husband Stewart went looking for a death certificate.
He says he actually hoped there would be some clue into what caused this.
“It's been pretty stressful for the last week, especially on her, I don't know she's pretty stressed out about it, she's confused, she doesn't know what to do, “ said Stewart Red Crow.
The next step for Holloway is to access her health records and see if anyone was getting treatment or medication under her name the last few years.
Late Wednesday, the province told CTV that this was probably a clerical error.
(With files from Chris Epp)