The mother of a 20-year-old girl has spoken out after her daughter was declared dead by paramedics only to wake up moments before embalmers at a funeral home began draining her blood.
Erica Lattimore , the mother of Timesha Beauchamp, says she’s ‘devastated’ by the events of the past 24 hours.
Ms Lattimore told local news channel WDIV that she received a call on Sunday to say that her 20-year-old daughter, who had suffered a heart attack, had died.
“They said, ‘Ma’am, she’s gone,’ ” she said. “I told them, ‘Are you absolutely, 100% sure that she’s gone?’ They said, ‘Yes, ma’am, she’s gone.’ ”
But later that say, the grieving mother received another phone call. She explained: “They said, ‘Ma’am, your daughter is on her way to [the emergency room]. She is breathing. She is alive.’ ”
She continued: “This devastated my life … I said, ‘What do you mean? What do you mean she’s breathing?’ She said, ‘Ma’am, she’s in the hospital.’ ”
Responding to the initial emergency 911 call, paramedics attended Timesha’s home in 7.30am in the Detroit suburb of Southfield,
They tried for half an hour to save Timesha’s life – apparently without success.
Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee issued a statement which read: “Given medical readings and the condition of the patient, it was determined at that time that she did not have signs of life.”
Additional reports say that police at the scene notice some movement in the “corpse” but were dismissed by paramedics who said that the twitches were a side effect of drugs used in the attempt to revive the victim.
Timesha’s body was duly sent to a funeral home, where staff prepared to embalm the body – a process to preserve the appearance of a corpse which involves the replacement of blood and other body fluids with a disinfectant solution.
But when mortuary workers unzipped the body bag, they saw Timesha “alive and with her eyes open.”
Geoffrey Fieger, an attorney acting for Timesha’s family, says the staff “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.”
Mr Fieger is a successful lawyer who has won million of dollars for his clients. He rose to notoriety after defending controversial assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian.