Woman forced to live with husband’s body for 11 hours

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Woman forced to live with husband’s body for 11 hours
The man died of natural causes

A WOMAN was forced to remain with her husband’s corpse for 11 hours at their house in Madrid, which was isolated by snow and ice left by storm Filomena.

The emergency services and funeral homes were unable to access their home in Moraleja de Enmedio, Madrid on Sunday, January 10.

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The 73-year-old man, who was a cancer patient, died at home of natural causes, while the town was completely isolated with access roads closed by snow.

His wife and other relatives called doctors up to 12 times, witnesses explained to national Spanish daily 20 minutos. “No one could get through, not even to certify the death” they said.

The only recommendation they could make to the woman was that she take steps to preserve her husband’s body. They suggested she open the windows and turn off the heating.


Finally, on Sunday around 3pm, a doctor from the local health centre was able to get to the house to certify the death when his shift was over and he was relieved by a colleague.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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