In a horrifying story from Brazil, a 37-year-old woman who was deemed dead from septic shock and buried on January 29 was reportedly alive for 11 days, frantically trying to fight her way out of her stone tomb before she actually died.
Rosangela Almeida dos Santos was buried in a wooden casket that was placed in a stone tomb. She had suffered two cardiac arrests before dying from “septic shock,” according to her death certificate. According to The Daily Mail, Santos “reportedly suffered fainting spells since she was seven years old and took anti-convulsant medicines.”
Last Friday, family members shattered the tomb in an effort to save her after neighbors reported hearing screams from the grave. Housewife Natalina Silva told Brazil’s G1 website people had heard muffled screams during the night. She added, “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.”
When the coffin was opened, some people touched Santos’ feet and commented they still felt warm. The Daily Mail reports, “Her body had reportedly turned around and still warm, cotton wool which had been in the woman’s ears and nostrils had come out and she had injuries on her hands and forehead where it appeared she had tried to fight her way out.”
Santos’ mother 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.”
Before she was buried, Santos had been hospitalized at the Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras for a week after her family transported her there because of her severe fatigue.
Police chief Arnaldo Monte said, “If need be we will exhume Ms Santos’ body again so we can get to the bottom of what really happened.”