A South African village in the Eastern Cape was gripped by fear after a deceased pregnant woman gave birth to her lifeless baby in a coffin, ten days after her death.
The 33-year-old deceased mother of five went through a rare occurrence termed “Coffin Birth” or postmortem fetal extrusion which is the expulsion of a fetus through the vagina of the decomposing body of a dead pregnant woman. This is caused by the increasing pressure of intra-abdominal gases.
The Mthayisi village was unaware of the phenomenon and was traumatized at the discovery on the eve of the burial, reports local news portal Sowetan Live.
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Fundile Makalana, the owner of the funeral home where the discovery was made said: “I have been in the business for more than 20 years and I have never heard of a dead woman giving birth.”
The mother, who had died after shortness of breath, was buried with her baby over the weekend.