Michigan woman declared prematurely dead, found breathing at funeral home has died, attorney says

DETROIT — A 20-year-old Southfield, Michigan, woman found breathing at a Detroit funeral home in August after paramedics declared her dead, died Sunday of brain damage, her family’s attorney confirmed on Monday.

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Timesha Beauchamp was declared dead at her home on Aug. 23 after family members called 911 because she appeared to be experiencing severe breathing difficulties.

According to The Guardian, a doctor who did not attend the scene of the medical emergency pronounced Beauchamp dead after one of the first responders reported by telephone that she showed no signs of life and had been unresponsive for 30 minutes.

Less than an hour later, however, the staff of Cole Funeral Home in Detroit also called 911 after Beauchamp gasped for breath before the embalming process began, the outlet reported.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger issued a news release on Monday confirming that Beauchamp died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit as a result of brain damage, WXYZ reported.

Fieger had filed a $50 million lawsuit against Southfield EMS Paramedics for their handling of Beauchamp’s case, the TV station reported.

Beauchamp, who suffered from cerebral palsy and several other medical issues, had been hospitalized in critical condition since August, The Guardian reported.

“This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead, but this time she isn’t coming back,” the family said in a prepared statement.

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