Shock at Detroit funeral home after ‘dead’ woman opens her eyes

Detroit: Declared dead at her home in Detroit, a young woman opened her eyes an hour later when funeral home staff unzipped her body bag and prepared to embalm her.

"They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” family lawyer Geoffrey Fieger said on Monday.

The Southfield fire department acknowledged it was involved in a bizarre set of events on Sunday that began when a medical crew was summoned to a home where 20-year-old Timesha Beauchamp was unresponsive.

Paramedics tried to revive Beauchamp for 30 minutes and consulted an emergency room doctor, the department said.

The doctor “pronounced the patient deceased based upon medical information provided” from the scene, the department said.

The Oakland County medical examiner's office said the body could be released to the family without an autopsy, according to the fire department.

But then, more than an hour later, came a startling discovery at the James H. Cole funeral home – Beauchamp was still alive.

“Our staff confirmed she was breathing" and called a emergency medical crew, the funeral home said.

“They were about to embalm her, which is most frightening, had she not had her eyes open … the funeral home unzipping the body bag – literally – that’s what happened to Timesha, and seeing her alive with her eyes open," Fieger said.

Beauchamp was in a critical condition on Monday night, a spokesman for the Detroit Medical Centre said.

“My heart is so heavy. Someone pronounced my child dead, and she’s not even dead,” Beauchamp's mother, Erica Lattimore, told WDIV-TV.

Southfield said it was conducting an internal investigation but insisted that the fire and police departments had followed procedures.


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