A young woman who was pronounced dead in front of her grieving mother on Sunday morning is actually still alive, in a bizarre case that shocked funeral home workers and outraged the victim’s family in Detroit.
The 20-year-old first went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning at her mother’s home in Detroit, officials said. Paramedics showed up at the scene and spent 30 minutes trying to revive her, according to the Southfield Fire Department.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, although paramedics say a doctor at a nearby hospital told them to make the call.
“They said, ‘Madam, she’s gone,’” the victim’s mother told local channel WDIV-TV on Monday. She said she asked them if they were sure and they said, “Yes ma’am. “
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“Based on the medical readings and the patient’s condition, it was determined at that time that she had no signs of life,” the Southfield Fire Department said in a statement.
“The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office has been contacted and received the medical data,” the department said. “The patient was again determined to be expired and the body was turned over directly to the family to make arrangements with the funeral home of their choice.
Staff at the James H. Cole Funeral Home were examining the victim when they realized she was still breathing. Then they called his mom.
“She is breathing. She is alive, ”said a funeral home worker, according to the victim’s mother. “Your daughter is still breathing. ”
Dave Fornell, assistant commissioner for the Detroit Fire Department, said the woman’s heart rate was 80 after the discovery.
“We couldn’t believe it,” he said.
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“I am devastated that my daughter is going through what she is going through,” her mother said. “My family, his twin brother, his older brother… I have no words. ”
The woman added that she wanted to know who is responsible for wrongly declaring her daughter dead.
“Someone declared my child dead, and she is not dead,” she said.
The unidentified woman has been transferred to a hospital where her recovery remains uncertain.
– With files from The Associated Press
Video: ‘Dead’ woman found breathing by funeral home workers (KameraOne)
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