A woman in Brazil is believed to have been buried alive mistakenly and allegedly lay conscious inside of her coffin for over 11 days before she eventually fought her way back out of the tomb.
Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, is said to have desperately tried to escape her wooden coffin which had been nailed shut after her burial — although she was still alive.
By the time the family members came to find about reports of hearing of screams coming from her grave, Rosangela had already died; they reportedly smashed open her tomb to find she’d died trying to escape.
Shocking footage was released showing the commotion that took place in the Senhora Santana cemetery in Riachao das Neves, which is in northeastern Brazil, as local men of the town brought out the heavy coffin and removed its lid.
Rosangela, who was a married lady, was mistakenly declared dead by the hospital on Jan. 28 and was buried the very next day.
After having taken her body out of the coffin, her family noticed that her body was still warm and the cotton wool that was placed in her ears and nostrils had come out. There were also several injuries on her body which had not been there at the time of the burial.
She was admitted to the Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras in the state of Bahia, Brazil, where she was declared dead due to ‘septic shock.’
Housewife Natalina Silva told Brazil’s G1 website that many people had heard subdued screams coming from the tomb during the night.
‘When I got there right in front of the tomb, I heard banging from inside it. I thought the kids who play around the cemetery were playing a joke on me,’ she said.
‘Then I heard her groan twice, and after those two groans she stopped.’
Germana de Almeida, 66, the mother of Rosangela, said that they found injuries on her body which had not been there at the time of her burial.
Germana said, ‘She had tried to open the lid, even the nails that had been hammered in were loose. Her hands were injured, like she had been trying to get out.’
Ana Francisco Dias, who lives near the cemetery, reported to Brazil’s Globo TV station: ‘There were [more] than 500 people who came here and packed the cemetery, everybody went to see, lots of people touched her foot and everybody saw that she was still warm. She wasn’t cold.’
‘We don’t want to accuse any doctor, we don’t want to cause any problems, but we witnessed that situation, there’s just no way a person can be buried for 11 days and still be warm,’ said Rosangela’s sister, Isamara Almeida.
The leading official of the investigation, Police Chief Arnaldo Monte, said: ‘We have today started to take statements from family members and other people.
‘If need be we will exhume Ms Santos’ body again so we can get to the bottom of what really happened.’
A spokesman for the Hospital de Oeste, which had declared her dead, said they ‘will provide all necessary information requested from them to the family and authorities.’