A 20-year-old woman who paramedics and a coroner declared dead was taken to a Detroit funeral home — where she was discovered alive by morticians after they unzipped the body bag.
As the body bag was unzipped, morticians were shocked to see that the woman’s eyes were open and she was breathing.
Paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department arriving at a home in Southfield Sunday morning in response to a call for an unresponsive woman.
“When paramedics arrived, they found a 20-year-old who was not breathing,” Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said, according to WDIV-TV.
“The paramedics performed CPR and other life-reviving methods for 30 minutes,” he said. “Given medical readings and the condition of the patient, it was determined at that time that she did not have signs of life.”
“The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements with a funeral home of their choosing,” he said.
Both the paramedics and a doctor signed off on the woman’s ‘death’.
Morticians at the James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit were prepping to embalm the body of the woman and would have continued the process if she did not open her eyes.
“They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” Geoffrey Fieger told WXYZ-TV. Fieger, who was hired as the families lawyer. The woman was identified as Timesha Beauchamp. Beauchamp was living with disabilities – but she is very much alive.
Fieger also 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.”
Funeral home staff called EMS and Beauchamp was pronounced ‘alive’!
“My heart is so heavy. Someone pronounced my child dead, and she’s not even dead,” Beauchamp’s mother, Erica Lattimore, told WDIV-TV.