A 20-year-old Michigan woman was found alive Sunday at a funeral home after suffering cardiac arrest and pronounced dead by paramedics.
More than 24 hours later, her mother says she's clinging to hospital life.
The bizarre incident, worthy of a horror movie, began shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Southfield suburb of Detroit, where the nameless young woman was found unresponsive in her home.
The patient's family called 911 and paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department responded to the address and found the woman was not breathing.
A 20-year-old woman was found alive and breathing at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit on Sunday after being pronounced dead by paramedics
According to a testimony from Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee, first responders performed CPR and other "life-saving techniques" for 30 minutes.
"Given the medical readings and the patient's condition, it was determined at this point that she had no signs of life," the statement said.
ClickOnDetroit reported that unnamed sources with knowledge of the case alleged that Southfield police were watching the patient's movement and breathing and were calling the emergency services back, but the paramedics allegedly alleged these were just side effects of the drugs she was given.
Oakland County spokesman William Mullan told DailyMail.com by phone that after the dead woman was declared, ambulance workers followed standard operating instructions and contacted an ambulance doctor at a local hospital who checked the patient's medical records and pronounced her deceased.
The Southfield paramedics then called the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office and said an official declaration of death had been issued for the patient and there was no suspicion of foul play.
Southfield fire chief Johnny Menifee said in a statement that paramedics performed 30 minutes of CPR on the woman before it was determined that she had "no vital signs".
Based on the information from the fire department and the emergency doctor, a forensic pathologist passed the body, which was still at home, directly to her family for funeral arrangements.
Around noon, the woman believed to be dead was picked up and taken to the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit, where staff quickly discovered she was still alive and breathing.
The morgue management confirmed the facts in a statement to DailyMail.com, saying that employees called Detroit Fire Department paramedics who arrived and took the woman to a hospital.
"We couldn't believe it," said Dave Fornell, assistant commissioner for the Detroit Fire Department, adding that her heart rate was 80.
The 20-year-old stayed in the hospital as of this afternoon, but her mother said she couldn't survive.
Speaking to ClickOnDetroit, the mother said her family, including her daughter's twin brother and an older brother, were devastated by the appalling ordeal.
Fire department paramedics contacted an ambulance who checked the patient's medical data and declared her dead (archive image)
"Someone pronounced my child dead and it's not even dead," said the mother. "She is in the hospital."
She told the news agency that she had received the heartbreaking news that her daughter was "gone" at home.
"I told them," Are you absolutely 100 percent sure she's gone? "They said, 'Yes, ma'am, she's gone," she said.
However, a few hours later, she received a call from the funeral home stating that her daughter was alive, breathing, and on her way to the hospital.
"I said," What do you mean? What do you mean that she is breathing? "(Undertaker) said," Ma & # 39; am, she's in the hospital. "
DailyMail.com asked Southfield Fire Chief Menifee for comment and waited for a response.
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