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    For 4 Days Miguel Olaya Was Told Everything From 'We Don't Know' To 'It's In Miami' To 'She's In Guatemala'

    Lawyer: Wife's Body Badly Decayed Upon Arrival In Ecuador


    Not only had his wife of 26 years died of cancer, but he says American Airlines lost her body when it was time to bury her in their native Ecuador.

    Olaya is a proud man. But when we was asked what he told his 16-year-old daughter, Laura, about how for several days American Airlines apparently could not tell them what happened to his wife Teresa's body while they waited to bury her in Ecuador, after flying in from New York, well, he struggled to maintain his composure. He didn't want to break down in front of a camera, but clearly he was torn up inside.

    He managed to get out "Que estamos sufriendo. Translation: "We are suffering."

    His wife of 26 years died of cancer, and after a viewing at De Riso funeral home in Brooklyn, the funeral home arranged with American Airlines to fly the body to Ecuador.

    Between April 1, when her body was supposed to arrive, and April 4, Olaya and his lawyers say American Airlines' story changed from "We don't know" to "It's in Miami" to "She's in Guatemala." Last Thursday, Olaya filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and De Riso Funeral Home, which attorneys say hired American to transport the body.

    "This is an airline that has the most sophisticated luggage and baggage system in the world!" attorney Richard Villar said. "How could they not know where the body is?!"

    Added attorney Christopher Robles: "It appears from what we know about the state of the body when it arrives in Ecuador, that the body was not refrigerated. It was not kept the way a body would need to be kept."

    Olaya said he saw his wife's poor condition when he opened the casket. In Spanish, he said, "These people played with someone's sentiments."

    And then, looking for an answer, he said:

    "Yo no entiendo por que." Translation: "I just don't understand why
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    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    I think this is really sad.
    The report also quoted a representative with the DeRiso Funeral Home, which said the body was properly embalmed and there was no decomposition. The funeral home blames the shipping delay on American Airlines, alleging an American employee erroneously punched in the shipping code for Guatemala instead of Guayaquil.
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    Would it be better, or worse, if American Airlines had turned up with an extra body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
    Would it be better, or worse, if American Airlines had turned up with an extra body?
    Did they bill him for the extra millage and the longer trip ?
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