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Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 15:59
Brazilian woman mistakenly buried alive by relatives dies inside coffin
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A woman in Brazil is believed to have been buried alive by mistake and lay conscious inside her coffin for 11 days before trying to fight her way out of the stone tomb. 

Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, appears to have desperately tried to escape her wooden casket, which had been nailed shut after she was buried alive. 

But she had already died by the time family members smashed open the tomb last Friday after locals reported hearing screams coming from her grave, according to reports.

Married Ms Santos was declared dead by a hospital on January 28 and was buried the next day. 

People living near to the cemetery alerted her family on February 9 - 11 days after she had been laid to rest - after hearing screams and bangs coming from inside the tomb. 

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.

The nails around the sides of the coffin lid had also been pushed upwards, and there were scratches and blood on the inside, they claim. 

Ms Santos had been at the Hospital do Oeste in Barreiras, in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia, for a week after being rushed there by her family with severe fatigue.

She suffered two cardiac arrests before dying from 'septic shock', according to her death certificate.

The woman, who was married but didn’t have children, reportedly has suffered fainting spells since she was seven years old and has taken anti-convulsant medicines.



      





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