Neysi Perez, 16, who was buried alive woke up in her coffin and screamed for help one day after she was buried – but died again before desperate relatives could save her.
Dead teenage girl woke up in her coffin screaming for help
A 'dead' teenage girl who was buried alive woke up in her coffin and screamed for help one day after she was buried – but died again before desperate relatives could save her.
Ms Perez, who was three months pregnant, reportedly fell unconscious after waking up in the night to use the outside toilet at her home in La Entrada, western Honduras.
It was believed she may have collapsed in an apparent panic attack after hearing a burst of gunfire.
But when the teenager started foaming at the mouth her religious parents called the local priest believing she had become possessed by an evil spirit.
Relatives told how the priest tried to exorcise her, but she later became lifeless and was rushed to hospital, where three hours later doctors declared her dead.
However, a day after her funeral, her husband Rudy Gonzales was visiting her grave at the La Entrada General Cemetery when he heard banging and muffled screams from inside the concrete tomb and raised the alarm.
The footage shows desperate family members breaking through the concrete block tomb with a sledgehammer, before bringing out and opening up Ms Perez's coffin to try to revive her.
Relatives who removed the girl's corpse found that the glass viewing window on her coffin had been smashed and the tips of her fingers were bruised.
But despite efforts to revive her medics found no signs of life and she was later returned to the cemetery and reburied in the same mausoleum.
Doctors believe Ms Perez may have suffered a severe panic attack which could have temporarily stopped her heart activity.
Another hypothesis is that the teenager had a cataplexy attack, an abrupt temporary loss of voluntary muscle function typically triggered by a strong emotional stimulus such as stress or fear, during which the victim maintains full conscious awareness.
She may then have died from lack of oxygen after waking up inside the closed coffin.
Ms Perez's mother Maria Gutierrez firmly believes her daughter was buried alive and blames medics for being too quick to sign her death certificate.
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