California Man Says Wife Froze to Death in Morgue

Guadalupe Arroyo says his wife struggled to escape a morgue compartment after being declared dead.
3:00 | 04/04/14

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Eighty year old Maria dejesus a royal may have had a happy life but her family says her death was horrified. That she was frozen -- -- in the morgue at white Memorial Medical Center they think about what happened tours every time they have to think about this case. Royal family attorney Scott chilled -- -- Arroyo was brought to white memorial in 2010 after she suffered a heart attack. She was pronounced dead and placed in one of the freezers at the morgue here. When workers at the funeral home received her body several days later a royal was face down in the body bag. And he had serious injuries including a broken nose and facial bruising. A pathologist hired by the -- royal family. Determine that the eighty year old was still alive when placed in the Morgan that her injuries were -- the result of her trying to escape. And that she eventually froze to death. In the dark the family's lawsuit against the hospital and the Doctor Who pronounced Arroyo debt was initially thrown out. But this week the second district Court of Appeals overturned that decision. After hearing testimony from the pathologist. Allowing the suit to proceed. Every time something comes out on this case the family relives the horrific death they plotted a hit that Maria -- -- -- -- suffered. However it was a little gratifying and this time that the Court of Appeals said we could go forward on our medical malpractice case the administration at. -- memorial hospital is refuting -- loyal family's story they issued a written statement this afternoon that reads in part quote. We continue to disagree with the allegations being made. We followed all proper protocols in this matter. And are confident that once the facts of the case are reviewed we will prevail in court -- is reporting for ABC news.

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