An 82-year-old woman pronounced dead by a medical examiner and cleared for an autopsy was later found alive by funeral home workers in Holyoke, Mass., and was in fair condition this week, officials said.

A Holyoke police officer, called by a neighbor Tuesday to the apartment of Helen Francoeur, believed she was dead and alerted the medical examiner's office, authorities said."There was no pulse," said Dr. William J. Dean, the Hampden County associate medical examiner. "She was cool and there was no heartbeat that we could hear. But sometimes you get in there and really shake them up and they come around. It's the first time it has happened to me in my career as a medical examiner."

After viewing the body, Dean pronounced the woman dead and ordered an autopsy. A funeral home was called to remove the body, authorities said.

But when the mortuary's employees arrived, Francoeur stirred slightly and paramedics were called to the scene, a police report on the incident said.