Licenses suspended for 2 medics in ‘dead’ woman alive case


In this undated family photo provided by Erica Lattimore through Fieger Law shows her daughter, Timesha Beauchamp with her brother Steven Thompson in Southfield, Mich. (Courtesy Erica Lattimore through Fieger Law via AP)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The state suspended the licenses of two Detroit-area paramedics after a woman who was declared dead was discovered alive at a funeral home, officials said Friday.

Michigan regulators also are taking steps to suspend the licenses of two emergency medical technicians, city of Southfield spokesman Michael Manion said.

The crew was called to Timesha Beauchamp’s home Sunday. They tried to revive the 20-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, but found no signs of life and contacted a doctor, who declared her dead over the phone, according to the city’s fire chief.

More than two hours later, Beauchamp was found breathing at a funeral home. She was in critical condition at a hospital Friday.

The paramedics and EMTs also serve as Southfield firefighters. They are on paid leave while the city investigates.

“They feel terrible. They can’t imagine how this possibly had happened. They’re emotionally upset,” Fire Chief Johnny Menifee said Wednesday.

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