ME says preliminary autopsy reveals woman had hardening of arteries
SAN ANTONIO – A family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit and seeking $1 million from the catering company that provided the food at a San Antonio Housing Authority gala where at least 50 people became sick.
The family claims Guadalupe Jimenez attended the SAHA Gala for elderly and disabled residents Friday night. They claim that within a couple of hours after Jimenez ate the food prepared by Diehard Catering, she became extremely ill and was rushed to the hospital with food poisoning.
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The lawsuit stated that after days of “excruciating pain,” Jimenez died Monday.
Metro Health and the San Antonio Fire Department reported that at least 10 people were taken by ambulance to the hospital directly from the event, which more than 800 people attended.
Metro Health has not determined the cause of the gastrointestinal illness.
The medical examiner said a preliminary autopsy on Jimenez revealed she had hardening of the arteries, and did not list food poisoning as a factor in her death.
SAHA is asking anyone who feels they may have gotten sick at the Golden Gala to call 210-477-6060.