Woman found alive in Detroit funeral home later dies in hospital
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A young woman who was found alive at a funeral home before she was about to be embalmed has now died in US hospital.
Timesha Beauchamp, 20, was about to have her blood drained as part of the embalming process when funeral home staff realised she was still alive.
The staff at the James H. Cole funeral home realised the 20-year-old was still breathing and Ms Beauchamp was rushed to a hospital, where she had remained in a critical condition ever since.
Geoffrey Fieger, the attorney representing Ms Beauchamp’s family said on Monday that the 20-year-old died at Children’s Hospital in Detroit on Sunday.
Her family said in a statement that they were “devastated” by her death.
The James H. Cole funeral home, where Ms Beauchamp was found to be alive (Google Maps)
“This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she isn’t coming back,” the family said.
Ms Beauchamp’s family, who live in Southfield, called 911 on August 23 because she appeared to be suffering from serious breathing problems.
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics responded, and a doctor who didn’t attend the scene pronounced Ms Beauchamp dead after one of the first responders reported by telephone that she had been unresponsive for 30 minutes and showed no signs of life.
Ms Beauchamp, who has cerebral palsy, wasn’t taken to a hospital until an hour later when Cole Funeral Home in Detroit called 911.
The state said funeral home staff saw her chest moving when they went to collect her from her Southfield home.
Head of Southfield Fire Department Johnny Menifee (Southfield Fire Department)
The family have filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the city of Southfield and the four first responders who attended to Ms Beauchamp.
Speaking about the lawsuit, Mr Fieger said: “She died as a result of massive brain damage that was suffered when Southfield paramedics wrongly declared her dead, and failed to provide her much needed oxygen.
Woman, 20, about to be embalmed in funeral home found to be ALIVE
“Instead, she was sent to a funeral home which then discovered that her eyes were open, and that she was alive.”
Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee confirmed the city is investigating the case.
He told reporters in late August that Beauchamp might have been found alive due to “Lazarus syndrome,” in which people come back to life without assistance after attempts to resuscitate have failed.