Apparently doctors don't know squat about pronouncing people dead.
The family of a woman who may have frozen to death after being pronounced dead and placed in a morgue is moving forward with a lawsuit against the hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced dead in July 2010 after suffering a heart attack. A few days later, she was found halfway outside her body bag, face down with a broken nose and cuts and bruises to her face, according to court papers obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
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Arroyo’s family initially filed a lawsuit against White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights alleging that Maria Arroyo’s body was mishandled. But when a pathologist was called to the stand during litigation, they testified that Maria Arroyo’s injuries likely occurred after she woke up in the morgue and struggled to escape.
The first lawsuit has since been dropped and the family is now suing the hospital for allegedly prematurely declaring Maria Arroyo dead, according to The Times report.