Thursday, June 13, 2024

Ecuadorian Woman Declared Dead Found Alive Inside Coffin During Her Own Funeral


In a shocking turn of events in Babahoyo, Ecuador, a 76-year-old woman named Bella Montoya was declared dead at a local hospital, only to be found alive and knocking on her own coffin during her wake. The incident, which has left the community in disbelief, has prompted a state investigation by the Ministry of Public Health.

According to her son, Gilberto Barbera, who captured the incident on video and shared it on social media, he noticed unusual movement and sounds coming from the coffin as mourners gathered at Montoya’s funeral. Frightened by the unexpected occurrence, Gilberto approached the coffin and discovered that his mother was still breathing and her heart was pounding. In a state of panic, he immediately called 911 to request an ambulance and have his mother transported back to the hospital.

The Ministry of Public Health has reported that Montoya had been admitted to the Hospital Marlin Icaza de Babahoyo on Friday, showing symptoms of a possible stroke and experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest. Unfortunately, she did not respond to the resuscitation attempts, leading the attending doctor to declare her deceased.

However, the discovery of Montoya’s continued signs of life has raised serious concerns and initiated a state investigation into the circumstances surrounding the premature declaration of death. The health ministry has formed a committee in collaboration with other government agencies to conduct an audit and determine how such an error occurred.

Following the incident, Montoya was rushed back to the hospital, where she remains in intensive care and on a ventilator. Her condition is described as unstable, and her prognosis is uncertain. Despite the challenging circumstances, Montoya’s family is hopeful for her recovery, although doctors have not provided much optimism.

The incident has brought attention to Ecuador’s public healthcare system, which aims to provide universal coverage. The Ministry of Public Health has reassured the public that healthcare services will continue to be available at all levels of care, emphasizing their commitment to the well-being of the population.

As the investigation unfolds and the family awaits updates on Montoya’s condition, the community in Babahoyo remains shocked by this surreal and unprecedented event. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of accurate medical assessments and the need for thorough protocols to prevent such errors in the future.


  1. When I was young we were told that a Mortuary Attendant moved about with a sledge hammer in his hand whilst on his shift to stop corpses from waking up like this woman who show signs of life.

    • Even today, more than 10 people were buried alive pressured dead in Lusaka.
      How many people have buried live in Western Province, and a day later found walking? Some hide away from families.

    • Nostradamus – Why Western Province and not Luapula where they practice the dark arts and are night pilots?

    • Kikikikikikiki I think I now know Tarino’s real identity. We must have grown up together in Mufulira because thats where the story of Malukula (Mortuary attendant) finishing off corpses when they awoke was widespread. Later when I was at college a medical school student explained the logic saying the malukula had to finish the dead person off because he could cause a lot of problems for the doctor and hospital that certified him dead

    • Yes that’s what we were told and for sure there was no smoke without fire, imagine the number of poor souls that were buried alive. So sad to think about it. That practice was done so that doctors could save face after declaring a person dead, imagine how they would appear if the person came back to life. It would ruin their careers but the poor person would however die a truelly terrible death.

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