Detroit woman dies weeks after being found alive in body bag at funeral home


A 20-year-old woman from suburban Detroit who was pronounced dead only to be found alive in a funeral home in August has died, the lawyer representing her family said on Monday.Timesha Beauchamp died in Detroit Children’s Hospital on Sunday, Geoffrey Fieger said in a press release.

Beauchamp’s family, who live in Southfield, Michigan, called 911 on August 23 because they appeared to have severe breathing problems. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics responded, and a doctor who did not attend said Beauchamp died after one of the first responders said by phone that she had not responded for 30 minutes and showed no signs of life.

Beauchamp was not taken to hospital until an hour later, when Cole Funeral Home in Detroit called 911. The state said funeral home staff saw her chest move when they were picked her up from her home in Southfield. Fieger said at the time that funeral home workers made the discovery by unzipping a body bag.

She had since been hospitalized in critical condition.

Beauchamp’s family said in a statement Monday that they were “devastated” by his death.

“This is the second time that our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she will not be coming back,” the family said.

Beauchamp had cerebral palsy.

The family filed a $ 50 million US federal lawsuit against the town of Southfield and the four first responders who looked after Beauchamp.

“She died of massive brain damage sustained when Southfield paramedics mistakenly declared her dead and failed to provide her with the oxygen she badly needed,” Fieger said. “Instead, she was sent to a funeral home, who then found her eyes were open and she was alive. ”

Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said the city was investigating the case. He told reporters at the end of August that Beauchamp could have been found alive due to “Lazarus syndrome”, in which people came to life unassisted after failed resuscitation attempts.


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