ISSUE 25, AUGUST 2012

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IN PERSON: Ethel & James
Wrightman Retirees

Happily married couple, Ethel and James Wrightman, both 62, were thrilled when their children surprised them on their 40th wedding anniversary with tickets to the beautiful city of Mérida, Mexico.

The Wrightmans hadn’t had a holiday in many years. Needless to say, they were quite excited to celebrate 40 years of wedded bliss against the romantic backdrop of this historic Mexican town.

THE HOLIDAY BEGINS

After touching down in Mérida and settling into their hotel room, Ethel and James walked out onto the bustling cobblestone streets, hand in hand. They purchased food from a street vendor and sat on a ledge of a fountain in the middle of the square to enjoy their dinner.

WARNING SIGNS

Shortly after their meal, James began to sweat profusely and felt tightness in his chest, but he shrugged it off as indigestion. Figuring her husband had had too much excitement for one day, Ethel suggested that they head to their room and turn in for the night.

Back at the hotel, Ethel went to the bathroom to brush her teeth. Suddenly, she heard a loud thud from the bedroom.

Ethel & James

Ethel ran out to find James on the floor, unconscious.

An ambulance was called and James was taken to hospital. The medics informed Ethel that her husband had suffered a heart attack. They were unable to resuscitate him, and neither were the doctors in the hospital. James died in her arms.

LIFE INSURANCE REFUSES TO PAY

Ethel, her children and the grandkids were devastated by James’ sudden death. This tight-knit family did their best to support each other as they started a life that no longer included their husband, father and grandfather. Unfortunately, their misfortune didn’t end there. When Ethel submitted a claim to James’ private life insurance, the insurer quickly responded with a denial.

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