Woman, 20, found alive after being pronounced dead has now died, family confirm

A woman who had been declared dead before she was found alive has now died, her family have confirmed.

Timesha Beauchamp, 20, was found alive in August after her family called emergency services as she appeared to be struggling to breathe.

On August 23, she was pronounced dead by a doctor who had not arrived at the scene, but was told by an emergency responder she had been unresponsive for 30 minutes.

A funeral home went to collect her from her home in Detroit, when staff saw her chest moving – only then was she taken to hospital, reports The Guardian, and placed in critical condition.

However, an attorney representing her family announced she has now died, leaving her family devastated.

The family said: “This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she isn’t coming back."

The 20-year-old had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as well as other medical issues.

Her family has filed a case against the city of Southfield and the first responders who pronounced her dead in August.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said: “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.

“Instead, she was sent to a funeral home which then discovered that her eyes were open, and that she was alive.”

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The case is currently under investigation, according to Southfield fire department chief, Johnny Menifee.

Speaking to reporters in August he said Timesha was found alive later on due to “Lazarus syndrome."

The syndrome means people are able to come back to life without any assistance, when attempts to resuscitate have failed.

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