Woman 'spent 11 days trying to escape coffin' as family claim she was buried alive by mistake
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A family claimed that a woman was mistakenly buried alive after she was declared dead.
The family of Rosangela Almeida, 37, believed she may have been conscious in her coffin for up to 11 days after she was buried.
The 37-year-old was declared dead in January 2018 after suffering from septic shock and two heart attacks, according to her death certificate.
But her family subsequently claimed that she had been buried alive. Not only that, but they alleged she had been conscious in her coffin for up 11 days afterwards.
They made the claims after several extremely disturbing pieces of evidence came to light.
Visitors to the cemetery reportedly heard banging from groaning from inside the stone tomb where Almeida had been buried in Riachao das Neves in northern Brazil.
Her family rushed to the cemetery following reports of groaning and banging from the cemetery and exhumed the grave.
One person said: "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."
Chilling footage shows the wooden coffin being taken from the grave.
Not only were there groans and banging reported, but her loved ones made a chilling discovery when they examined the coffin.
They say there was evidence of injury to her wrists and forehead. There was also blood inside the coffin, and the nails on the lid of the coffin appear to have come loose.
Germana de Almeida said: "Those nails on top were loose. Her hand was injured."
The family believe that these wounds were not there when they had laid their loved one to rest.
People present at the exhumation also claimed that the body was not cold when they examined it. They alleged it was still 'warm', which they claim suggests that Almeida had not been deceased for long.
Tragically, she was not alive when her body was exhumed, and it is not clear if she had still been alive when she was buried.
However, a police investigation into the incident found that the evidence of groans and banging may have been 'rumours'. This meant that the people involved in the exhumation were open to being charged with disturbing a grave.
In Brazil, this could carry a sentence of up to three years in prison according to the Brazilian penal code.
Civil authorities subsequently concluded that she had not been buried alive.