She never made it out alive
It seems like it could only happen in a horror film, but there have been some reported cases of the living being buried after wrongfully being deemed dead. With all of the technological and medical advancements we have these days, one would think that no doctor could ever make such a grievous mistake. However, one family is fighting for answers after they dug up a relative that may have been buried alive and perished because of it.
Riachão das Neves, Brazil resident Rosangela Almeida dos Santos was hospitalized at the Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras in January with severe fatigue. She had reportedly suffered from fainting spells since she was a child and had been on anti-convulsion medication ever since. After one week in the hospital she had suffered from two cardiac arrests, and the doctors told her family that she was dead from septic shock on Jan. 28. The 37-year-old wife was buried in the Senhora Santana Cemetery in an above-ground concrete grave the next day.
On Feb. 9, 11 days after the burial, people who live near the cemetery tracked down the recently-deceased woman’s family and told them something terrifying. Natalina Silva explained that she thought she heard neighborhood children messing around in the graveyard but realized it was something else. “When I got there right in front of the tomb, I heard banging from inside it. Then I heard her groan twice, and after those two groans she stopped,” she told G1.
The horrified family swarmed the graveyard and proceeded to smash open one end of the concrete tomb that same night. Cell phone footage shows several men pulling the coffin out of the tomb and opening the lid just slightly. One man reaches his hand inside the coffin to touch Rosangela’s body which they said was still warm. However, the woman was deceased.
“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,” Rosangela’s mother Germana de Almeida told the press. Rosangela had injuries on her head and hands, cotton that was placed in her ears and nose pre-burial were removed. Even nails that sealed the coffin lid had been pushed out of place and had blood on them.
Rosangela’s family called the police to investigate whether or not the hospital made an error in declaring her dead which prompted them to bury her alive. Police chief Arnaldo Monte said that the matter is already being investigated.
“We have today started to take statements from family members and other people,” he explained. A spokesman for the hospital where Rosangela was pronounced dead said that they will ”provide all necessary information requested from them to the family and authorities.”
“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,” Rosangela’s sister Isamara Almeida said about the devastating, mysterious situation.
The hospital has yet to admit fault in misdiagnosing Rosangela’s condition. Those who opened up the grave may be in legal trouble if it is determined that Rosangela was dead when she was first buried.
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