The Oakland County medical examiner’s office said the body could be released to the family without an autopsy, according to the fire department.
But then came a startling discovery at the James H. Cole funeral home in Detroit: The woman was still alive more than an hour later.
“Our staff confirmed she was breathing” and called a emergency medical crew, the funeral home said.
Fieger, who was hired by the family, identified the woman as Timesha Beauchamp.
“They were about to embalm her, which is most frightening, had she not had her eyes open. … The funeral home unzipping the body bag — literally — that’s what happened to Timesha, and seeing her alive with her eyes open,” Fieger said.
Fieger didn’t return a message from The Associated Press. Beauchamp was in critical condition Monday night, said Brian Taylor, spokesman for Detroit Medical Center.