Woman Mistakenly Buried Alive Tried To “Fight Her Way Out Of Sealed Coffin”

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There is a reason many cultures hold a wake before a funeral. It actually dates back to before we had sophisticated medical equipment that can tell if someone is actually dead or not.

The wake was traditionally a period of mourning as it still is today, but it also used to be a waiting period to ensure a person was not buried alive. Yes, getting accidentally buried alive did happen sometimes, and apparently still does happen in Brazil.

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A woman who was declared dead at a hospital was buried the next day, but 11 days later screams were heard coming from her tomb. Locals quickly smashed the tomb apart and when they opened the casket, the woman’s body was still warm.

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Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, was rushed to Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras, Brazil on January 28th after suffering from severe fatigue. She then suffered two cardiac arrests and, according to her death certificate, died from septic shock. She was buried the next day.

Santos had previously suffered from fainting spells since childhood and took anti-convulsive medication.

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Santos was only walked on the evening of the day she had died and was then laid to rest in a local cemetery in her hometown of Riachao das Neves. But on February 9th, which is 11 days after Santos was buried, locals began hearing noises coming from her tomb.

Residents who lived along the street facing the cemetery reported hearing muffled screams, banging, and groaning. A local woman explained, “When I got there right in front of the tomb, I heard banging from inside it.”

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Santos was only walked on the evening of the day she had died and was then laid to rest in a local cemetery in her hometown of Riachao das Neves. But on February 9th, which is 11 days after Santos was buried, locals began hearing noises coming from her tomb.

Residents who lived along the street facing the cemetery reported hearing muffled screams, banging, and groaning. A local woman explained, “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. Then I heard her groan twice, and after those two groans she stopped.”

The frantic moment when Santos’ tomb was smashed and her coffin was opened was recorded by an onlooker. Locals can be heard shouting “She’s still warm” while touching her foot.

The police were called but Santos had not only been nailed inside a heavy wooden coffin, but she was also encased in a stone tomb. Locals and family members smashed open the tomb and forced the coffin open only to find that they were moments too late.

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Santos was indeed dead, but her death was much more recent than previously believed. Her body was still warm, and there were changes to how she had been laid to rest.

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Reportedly, her body had been turned around, cotton that had been placed in her ears and nostrils was removed, and the nails on the coffin were loose. There was also blood and evidence of injuries to Santos’ hands and forehead that would be consistent with trying to escape.

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Santos’ mother, Germana de Almeida, explained that when the coffin was opened, she saw injuries to her daughter’s body that weren’t there when she was buried.

“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,” De Almeida claimed.

The incident has now been reported to the police and an investigation is underway.

Isamara Almeida, Santos’ sister, said, “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.”

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The police are now collecting statements and the hospital has stated that it will cooperate fully and provide any requested information.

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