In a bizarre case, a 20-year-old Southfield woman who had been pronounced dead early Sunday morning after a heart attack opened her eyes at a funeral home as she was about to be embalmed, a lawyer has said.
“They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” attorney Geoffrey Fieger told WXYZ-TV. Fieger, who was hired by the family, identified the woman as Timesha Beauchamp.
The shocking story soon went viral on social media, with readers imagining the horror of being embalmed alive. Also read – SARS Officers Allegedly Cuts Man With Machete After Extorting Him In Delta State [Video]
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 a 20-year-old woman was unresponsive.
Paramedics tried to revive her 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.
It was then that the employees at the funeral home saw her chest was rising and falling and the woman was still breathing.
“Our staff confirmed she was breathing” and called an emergency medical crew, the funeral home said.
“They were about to embalm her which is most frightening had she not had her eyes open. They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” attorney Geoffrey Fieger, employed by the family told AP.
Beauchamp was in a critical condition on Monday night, said Brian Taylor, spokesman for the Detroit Medical Centre.
“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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