LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court says a family can proceed with a lawsuit that claims a woman was frozen alive in a Los Angeles hospital freezer after she was mistakenly declared dead.
The Los Angeles Times says the ruling came Wednesday in a medical malpractice case against White Memorial Medical Center.
Eighty-year-old Maria de Jesus Arroyo was placed in the freezer in July 2010.
Her body was later found face down, with a broken nose and cuts and bruises to her face. The family initially sued for mishandling of the body but refiled the case two years ago after a pathologist concluded the woman most likely injured herself in a failed struggle to get out of the freezer.
A call to the hospital Wednesday seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.
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