Grandmother died trying to escape morgue’s freezer after hospital wrongly declared he


Goober
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Grandmother died trying to escape morgue’s freezer after hospital wrongly declared her dead, lawsuit alleges | National Post

A family that claims a woman was frozen to death in a hospital morgue after she was prematurely declared dead can proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit against White Memorial Hospital was filed too late, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was declared dead in July 2010 after suffering a heart attack and was placed in a freezer at the Boyle Heights White Memorial Medical Center. Morticians who received her body a few days later discovered that it was face down and the woman had a broken nose and disfiguring cuts and bruises to her face, according to court papers.

Arroyo’s husband and eight children filed a lawsuit that claimed her body was mishandled.

However, as the case was being heard in December 2011, a pathologist concluded the woman had been frozen alive, “eventually woke up” and caused the injuries herself during a failed struggle to escape her “frozen tomb,” according to court records.

The family withdrew the lawsuit and in May 2012 filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit. A judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court threw out the lawsuit, ruling that it was filed past the one-year statute of limitations.

However, the appellate court said the family had “absolutely no reason” to suspect that the woman was alive until the pathologist gave his expert opinion. The case now returns to the lower court for further proceedings.

The hospital has not addressed the allegation that Arroyo was prematurely declared dead, the Times said, citing court records.

A call seeking comment from a hospital representative on Wednesday was not immediately returned.
 
Spade
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This story has gone viral, Goober!
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

This story has gone viral, Goober!

No, no not viral. OMG.
 
Spade
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

No, no not viral. OMG.

The truth's the truth. Not to worry if you've been vaccinated.

Stay home if you notice symptoms and call health authorities immediately.
 
Nuggler
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This is gonna cost somebody so much ****ing money....................just so much............unbelievable.

It's the thing nightmares are made of. You wake up and you're in there, and can't get out, and you KNOW you're going to freeze. HolY **** !!! just bad in so many ways.

Wish I was a lawyer like boner...................KA CHING !!!!
 
Spade
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Many exhumed coffins have scratch marks on the interior lining.
Wakey, wakey, rise and shine!
 
Sal
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I thought it was funny that my mum had said to me numerous times, just make sure I'm dead before they bury me...and I was ....... yeah, yeah like they'd make a mistake...so

when I die, pleeeeeeeeease someone make sure I'm dead before they burn me

Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Many exhumed coffins have scratch marks on the interior lining.
Wakey, wakey, rise and shine!

I thought that was one of those...folklore thingies...no huh?
 
Twila
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I thought the morgue just chilled bodies, not froze them?
 
Spade
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Jesus, no, Sal!
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Jesus, no, Sal!

lol k it's for real those scratch thingies... wow, lucky they embalm us, at least that's a quick death...
 
spaminator
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