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Woman Found Alive At Funeral Home After Being Declared Legally Dead

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Woman Found Alive At Funeral Home After Being Declared Legally Dead

A 20-year-old American woman has been found alive by the employees at a funeral home after suffering a cardiac arrest, receiving CPR, then being pronounced dead by paramedics.

The woman was found not breathing and completely unresponsive at her home in Southfield, Michigan, early on Sunday morning.

Paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department spent half an hour trying to revive the woman, but after performing CPR and a host of other life-saving techniques, they couldn't save her.

She was taken to the emergency room at a local hospital, where the emergency doctors also looked at the data and declared her dead.

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Then, the medical examiners office released the body to her family, whereby she was taken to the James H Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit.

The James H Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit. Credit: Google Maps
The James H Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit. Credit: Google Maps

However, the staff at the mortuary noticed that she was alive and called up the paramedics who took her back to the hospital.

At the time of the discovery, her heart rate was just 80 beats per minute. She remains at the hospital in an unknown condition.

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A statement from the Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said that the paramedics who responded to the initial call performed CPR and other 'life reviving methods' but couldn't get a response.

The statement added: "Given medical readings and the condition of the patient, it was determined at that time that she did not have signs of life."

Local media outlet ClickOnDetroit reported that some of the first responders at the scene claimed to have seen the woman moving and breathing, but were told by paramedics that it was just side effects of the medication she'd been given.

MailOnline later claimed that Oakland County spokesperson William Mullan said that the emergency medical technicians at the hospital followed their standard procedures and contacted an emergency room physician before reading the medical data and pronouncing the young woman to be dead.

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Johnny Menifee. Credit: Southfield Fire Department
Johnny Menifee. Credit: Southfield Fire Department

Using the evidence of the medical staff that had seen the woman's medical data and condition - as well as the declaration of death and ruling out foul play - the forensic pathologist at the hospital released her body to the family for funeral planning.

Upon arrival at the funeral home, the staff quickly realised that she was still alive and breathing. The paramedics returned and rushed her back to the hospital.

Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner at the Detroit Fire Department, said: "We couldn't believe it."

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The funeral home said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with this young woman and her family."

She remains in an unclear condition at the hospital as of this morning.

Featured Image Credit: Google Maps

Topics: US News, Weird

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