WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 20-year-old woman pronounced dead, with clearance from the medical examiner’s office, is found breathing at a funeral home.
- Paramedics performed CPR and tried to revive the woman for half an hour before she was declared dead.
- The woman’s body was released by the hospital to members of the family for funeral arrangements.
More questions arise after a 20-year-old woman pronounced dead back in the hospital was found breathing at a funeral home over the weekend.
On Sunday, Southfield Fire Department released a statement about the incident. The department responded to reports about an unresponsive female in Southfield, Michigan. The first responding paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for 30 minutes before medical readings determined “at that time that she did not have signs of life.”
From there, the emergency room doctors pronounced the patient dead, said Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office in a statement. The hospital’s standard operating procedure includes sending telemetry, a collection of automatic recording and transmission of data for monitoring, the spokesperson said.
The Southfield Fire Department contacted Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office after the patient is pronounced dead. Based on conclusions from the hospital and previous medical records of the patient, the forensic pathologist has forgone further forensic examination, determined that the patient is dead, and released the ‘body’ to the family to make arrangements with a funeral home.
James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit found the patient still breathing. No other details were disclosed about the situation that made medical professionals conclude that the unresponsive woman is dead.
“After receiving clearance from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office she was transported to our funeral home,” the funeral home said in a statement. “Upon her arrival at the funeral home, our staff confirmed she was breathing and called EMS.”
The patient is transported back to the hospital. More information about the patient remain undisclosed, citing patient confidentiality and privacy in healthcare.
Southfield Fire Department and Southfield Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.