Suit alleging L.A. hospital froze woman alive can proceed, court says

Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2014

After Maria de Jesus Arroyo was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest in the summer of 2010, her husband and children said their goodbyes and left her in the hands of hospital staff. When they saw her next at the funeral, her nose was broken and she had gashes and bruises on her face — injuries too severe to be covered up, despite the morticians' best efforts. The outraged family sued the hospital, White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights, believing the hospital had mishandled the 80-year-old woman's body. Now, they fear something far worse was behind the injuries: that she was still alive when she was placed in the hospital's freezer, and that she came to and struggled to get out before she ultimately froze to death.


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