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80-year-old woman freezes to death at hospital morgue after being declared dead prematurely

By Mason White 11:23 AM April 7, 2014
Maria Arroyo (left) 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A woman froze to death at a morgue after doctors declared her dead prematurely, according to a lawsuit filed in a California court.
Guadalupe Arroyo initially thought the lifeless body of his wife, Maria, had been beaten up by staff at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Her body was found face down in the morgue compartment with severe bruises and cuts. The 80-year-old mother of eight, who was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest, also had a broken nose.

Arroyo and her children initially sued the hospital for negligence, saying that they mishandled the remains of Maria. A medical expert said that Maria Arroyo had been declared dead prematurely and was frozen alive in the hospital freezer.

She eventually woke up due to the extreme cold and damaged her face as she struggled to escape. Now, Arroyo is suing Dr. John Plosay and White Memorial Medical Center for medical malpractice and wrongful death of his wife.

A spokesperson for White Memorial Medical Center, said that the hospital disagrees with the allegations made.