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Fake News: Man Did NOT Wake Up After 10 Years In Coma To Fall Back In After Seeing Hospital Bill

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:55:16 Z)

Did 33-year old Paul Jones wake up from a 10-year coma only to fall back in after hearing his hospital bill was up to 5.5 million dollar and counting. The story was made up by a "fauxtire" site for entertainment purposes, it was not real.

The story originated from an article published by Huzlers on January 19, 2019 titled "Man Wakes Up After 10 Years In Coma, Falls Back To Coma After Seeing His Hospital Bill" (archived here) which opened:

33-year old Paul Jones has awaken from a coma just to go back to sleep again after finding out his hospital bill was up to 5.5 million and still counting as he was still connected at the moment he woke up.

Paul Jones fell into a coma 10 years ago after having a car accident. Doctors have made everything the can to make him wake up, but nothing had worked, until last week, when they were finally able to bring him back.

Screenshot of https://www.8satire.com/man-wakes-up-after-10-years-in-coma-falls-back-to-coma-after-seeing-his-hospital-bill/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Man Wakes Up After 10 Years In Coma, Falls Back To Coma After Seeing His Hospital Bill

33-year old Paul Jones has awaken from a coma just to go back to sleep again after finding out his hospital bill was up to 5.5 million and still counting as he was still connected at the moment he woke up. Paul Jones fell into a coma 10 years ago after having a car accident. [...]

But the photo illustrating the story was just a stock photo showing a dummy used for training medical students:

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The website 8satire.com is the new name of 8Shit and it carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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