Court: Case of Woman Allegedly Frozen in Morgue May Go Forward
LOS ANGELES — A family that believes their loved one froze to death in a morgue after she was mistakenly declared dead may go forward with a lawsuit against a hospital, a court ruled.
The case had originally been dismissed by a judge who said it was filed too late, but upon review, the court found new information had been presented to the family that changed the circumstances.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, had a heart attack in July 2010 and was pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital.
When the morticians received her body days later, Arroyo was allegedly facedown with a broken nose and cuts and bruises to her face.
A pathologist said the injuries had likely been sustained while the woman was alive, an indication that she had been struggling, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The hospital has not responded to the allegations.
The case now goes back to Los Angeles County Superior Court.