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Grandmother prematurely declared dead, dies trying to escape from hospital freezer

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by: PF Louis
Tags: grandmother, death pronouncement, hospital freezer

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(NaturalNews) An 80-year-old Los Angeles area grandmother had frozen to death in a hospital morgue freezer while vainly attempting to struggle out. This is the stuff of more refined horror movies and novels.

You may have noticed articles about people discovered alive after being officially pronounced dead on Natural News in recent months. One was a prematurely born infant in Colombia, South America, discovered alive in the hospital morgue, and the other a Mississippi grandfather who woke up in a funeral home body bag just before being embalmed.

Their stories are linked at the bottom of this story. They were survivors of mistaken death pronouncements, or maybe they were dead briefly and came back. Now this report is out on someone who didn't survive an official death announcement, because she died trying to come back.

It's well known that older patients often don't return from hospitals alive, thanks to the medical mafia's forced toxic interventions. This grandmother of many had apparently made a valiant attempt to return to her family and failed because she was considered dead already.

The family's legal response to her grim death

At first, it appeared that her body had been mishandled by the White Memorial Medical Center hospital. The facial cuts, abrasions, bruises and broken nose were severe enough that using make-up to hide those disfiguring features while her embalmed body lay in an open coffin was impossible.

Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80 at the time of her "death" from heart attack in summer 2010, was the matriarchal figure for her typically tight Hispanic extended family. Her surviving husband of 63 years and eight adult children with several grandchildren had initially sued the hospital for mishandling the body.

However, during the court proceedings, a pathologist who has reviewed Arroyo's injuries testified that the injuries most likely occurred while she was still alive. She must have rotated her body face down in the freezer chamber in an attempt to escape from the tight enclosure.

Bodies are typically face up in morgue freezer chambers, so that's how she had sustained those facial injuries while struggling unsuccessfully to get out.

With that official testimony on court records, the family attorney, Scott Schutzman, withdrew the mishandling lawsuit and filed a new claim in 2012. This time the allegation was that the hospital had placed Maria into an enclosed freezer before correctly ascertaining her death was actual and final. The hospital was being sued for malpractice.

But the judge threw out the new and improved lawsuit on the grounds that it had been filed after the one-year statute of limitations for malpractice. But the family and their attorney persisted. They took that judge's decision and appealed to a higher court, which overturned the decision by the previous judge and allowed the second claim to proceed.

The higher court decision was based on the lack of factual information available at the time of the new filing. "Plaintiffs had absolutely no reason to suspect that the decedent was alive rather than dead when placed in the Hospital morgue and when the disfiguring injuries occurred," wrote the appellate justices in their opinion.

Now the case has been returned to the Los Angeles Superior Court to be scheduled for proceedings. As usual with with many malpractice cases, White Memorial representatives were not responding to the LA Times efforts at getting a statement for the press.

Here are those two successful modern Lazarus stories posted earlier by Natural News: (https://www.naturalnews.com/042994_premature_baby_living_morgue.html) and (https://www.naturalnews.com/044576_body_bag_funeral_home_embalming.html).

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