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Three years after his wife died of hemorrhaging following childbirth, a Japanese man won a malpractice case against her doctor Wednesday — having preserved her body in an undertaker’s freezer as evidence.

The 45-year-old obstetrician was found guilty of professional negligence resulting in the woman’s death and ordered to pay 500,000 yen in damages, said Akihiko Hirota, a court spokesman in the city of Nagoya.

The woman, then 31, died of hemorrhaging immediately after giving birth to a baby in August 2000. Unconvinced by the doctor’s explanation, her husband had her body preserved in an undertaker’s freezer while taking legal action against the doctor, Hirota said.

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