20-year-old Timesha from Michigan was declared dead while still alive and saved just in the nick of time, as a funeral home staffer realized the mistake while beginning the embalming process.
She was declared dead via phone by an emergency room doctor around 8 a.m. on Saturday at her home in Southfield, and was picked up by the James H. Cole Home for Funerals around 11:30 a.m.
She arrived at the funeral home in a body bag — but as a staffer prepared to embalm her body, they noticed Timesha’s eyes were open, and she was still breathing.
“The funeral director called the family, was very upset about it. Timesha was eventually rushed to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where she’s been treated ever since. There is no specific diagnosis at the moment, [but] we understand she’s in critical condition.”
Once she was declared dead, the forensic pathologist on duty determined that her body should be released to her family and did not need to undergo further forensic examination.
Timesha has cerebral palsy, which requires three breathing treatments per day, and the pathologist cited her previous medical history as part of the reason why an autopsy was not needed.
Timesha’s family continues to heal from the emotional trauma they endured in the incident.
“On behalf of the family, we’re devastated about what has happened. We would like people to continue to pray for Timesha, and keep her family in your prayers,” her mother said in a statement.