- Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, was buried on January 29
- 11 days after being buried, residents who live near the cemetery reportedly heard screams, beatings and moans coming from inside the woman’s grave
A woman is believed to have been buried alive by mistake and may have spent trying to fight her way out of the coffin for 11 days.
Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, was buried on January 29. On her death certificate, doctors attributed her death to septic shock after suffering from two cardiac arrests.
However, last Friday after the exhumation of her body it was revealed that the woman was buried alive. Her family dug up her grave after reportedly being told by people living nearby that they heard screams and moans coming from the cemetery, as per a story by Brazilian news site G1.
According to Germana de Almeida, Santos’ mother, when they took out and opened the coffin they found injuries on her body which she claimed weren’t there when they buried her.
“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,” she said.
Ana Francisco Dias, who lives near the cemetery, told a local TV station: “There were then 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.”
Police chief Arnaldo Monte, who is leading the investigation as per reports, said that they are now taking statements from family members and other people.
A spokesman for the Hospital de Oeste which declared her dead said they “will provide all necessary information requested from them to the family and authorities”.