A woman was allegedly buried alive by mistake and tried to get out of her coffin for 11 days before finally dying.
Rosangela Almeida dos Santos reportedly tried to claw her way out of her wooden coffin which had been nailed shut and encased in concrete. Relatives say she suffered two heart attacks before the hospital declared she had died of septic shock.
They buried her on January 28th shortly afterwards. People reported hearing screams and clawing sounds coming from the section of the cemetery where she was buried. A resident reported how she heard two groans coming from the coffin after the neighborhood kids had drawn her attention to the sounds.
After her relatives were alerted, they broke into the concrete tomb and frantically tried to break the coffin open. Upon opening the casket, they discovered that Rosangela's body had been disturbed.
Her mother reported there were injuries on her 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," the distraught woman said, "Her hands were injured, like she had been trying to get out."
Many residents who thronged to the cemetery corroborated Rosangela's mother's account. Video footage was taken showing bystanders touching her foot and commenting on how warm she was after her coffin was opened.
Police in the Brazilian city of Riachao das Neves have launched an investigation into how Rosangelo was buried by mistake after her heartbroken family launched a complaint.