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A 76-year-old woman in Ecuador was pronounced dead on Friday, but started breathing and hitting the insides of her coffin at her funeral.
A 76-year-old woman in Ecuador was pronounced dead on Friday, but started breathing and hitting the insides of her coffin at her funeral.

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WATCH: ‘dead’ woman in Ecuador wakes up inside coffin at her own funeral

A 76-year-old woman in Ecuador was pronounced dead on Friday, but started breathing and hitting the insides of her coffin at her funeral.

Bella Montoya, a 76-year-old woman in Ecuador, woke up inside a coffin at her own funeral.

Montoya was admitted to a hospital in Ecuador on Friday after suffering from a stroke and later pronounced dead. According to the Ministry of Health, she “suffered from cardiac and respiratory arrest without responding to resuscitation attempts, after which the duty doctor confirmed her death.”

Everyone at her funeral service was shocked when she took a deep breath from within her casket and began hitting the sides from the inside. This video, posted on social media, shows the woman breathing in her open coffin and surrounded by two men who came to help her.

Montoya’s son, Gilbert Balberán said that she is now “on artificial respiration and her heart is stable.”

“I am slowly recovering from what happened,” Balberán said. “Now all I ask is that my mother’s health improve. I want her to be alive and by my side.”

The Ministry of Health said that the case is being investigated with a medical audit to “determine responsibility” for the false death certificate.