‘Dead’ woman found to be breath­ing at fu­neral home

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DETROIT — A young woman who was de­clared dead at her subur­ban Detroit home opened her eyes at a fu­neral home as she was about to be em­balmed, a lawyer said Mon­day.

“They would have be­gun drain­ing her blood to be very, very frank about it,” Ge­of­frey Fieger told WXYZ-TV.

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

Paramedics tried to re­vive the woman 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 came a star­tling dis­cov­ery at the James H. Cole fu­neral home in Detroit: The woman was still alive more than an hour later.

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

Fieger, who was hired by the fam­ily, iden­ti­fied the woman as Time­sha Beauchamp.

“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.

Fieger didn’t re­turn a mes­sage from The As­so­ci­ated Press. Beauchamp was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Mon­day night, said Brian Tay­lor, spokesman for Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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

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