A woman who was pronounced dead only to be discovered alive at a funeral home in August has now died for real, allegedly due to the blunder.
The Detroit native, Timesha Beauchamp, 20, passed away Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, the Guardian reported.
“This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she isn’t coming back,” said Beauchamp’s bereaved family in a statement.
The tragic saga began in August after the young woman was found unresponsive in her apartment having suffered a seizure. A doctor who wasn’t on the scene declared Beauchamp deceased after one of the paramedics reported via telephone that she displayed no signs of life after they tried reviving her for 30 minutes.
Beauchamp was subsequently taken to James H. Cole funeral home, where aghast employees unzipped the body bag to discover that she was still breathing and her eyes were open.
“They were about to embalm her, which is most frightening, had she not had her eyes open,” at attorney for the family, Geoffrey Fieger, told Detroit’s local ABC syndicate, XYZ. “They would have begun draining her blood, to be very, very frank about it.”
The poor soul was subsequently transferred to the Sinai Grace Hospital, where she was determined to be in critical condition and put on a ventilator, but to no avail. Beauchamp had previously required around-the-clock care due to her cerebral palsy and breathing problems, the Mirror reported.
Unfortunately, Beauchamp’s wrongful death diagnosis could have been what killed her, her family believes.
“She died as a result of massive brain damage that was suffered when Southfield paramedics wrongly declared her dead, and failed to provide her much-needed oxygen,” Fieger claimed.
Beauchamp’s “devastated” family has since filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against Southfield and the four paramedics who tended to the woman. The city is currently looking into the case, and in response to the allegations, told the Guardian that Beauchamp may have suffered from “Lazarus syndrome,” which causes people to come back to life after attempts to revive them have failed.
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