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In this family photo provided by the family’s lawyer, Timesha Beauchamp is pictured with her brother Steven. Timesha was pronounced dead and taken to a funeral home when the embalmer opened her body bag he discovered she was alive. (Photo: Family photo)

DETROIT – Timesha Beauchamp died Sunday, nearly two months after the 20-year-old made headlines when medical responders mistakenly pronounced her dead. 

“Our whole family is devastated,” the family’s statement reads. “This is the second time our beloved Timesha has been pronounced dead — but this time she isn’t coming back.”

A statement from Beauchamp’s lawyer, Geoffrey Fieger, said she died due to massive brain damage caused when Southfield paramedics declared her dead and did not provide her oxygen. 

The statement said Beauchamp “was allowed to die peacefully.”

In August, Southfield paramedics were sent to Beauchamp’s home in Southfield, where they checked the woman’s pulse three times before a doctor declared her dead.

She was delivered to a funeral home in a body bag. When the body bag was unzipped, the embalmer was shocked to see the young women’s eyes were wide open. She was alive and had been in there for hours. 

Fieger suggested the error was caused by negligence. He said Beauchamp’s cerebral palsy could have been a factor in declaring her dead.

The incident put Southfield under intense scrutiny. The emergency medical technicians and paramedics present at the scene were at risk of losing their license, but have sued to stop the process. The four workers were placed on paid leave.

Timesha Beauchamp: Rare phenomenon could explain why Michigan woman was mistakenly believed to be dead

Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said the incident was not because of negligence as Fieger suggested.

He said in an August news conference that Beauchamp’s revival could have been a case of Lazarus syndrome, a rare occurrence where one returns to life much later, after receiving CPR.

The name alludes to the Biblical story of Lazarus, who was brought back to life by Jesus.

“This is a terrible, tragic thing,” Menifee said. “We feel terrible about this. Like I said, the entire city feels terrible about this.”

Contributing: Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press. Follow Miriam Marini and Nisa Khan on Twitter: @mnisakhan.

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