AN ELDERLY woman who pounded on her coffin during her wake has died – again – after a week in hospital.
Bella Montoya, 76, shocked her loved ones when she woke up after doctors pronounced her dead earlier this month.
However, the Ecuadorian Health Ministry confirmed in a statement that the woman has now died of an ischemic stroke after spending a week in intensive care.
The ministry statement went on to say that she was “constantly monitored” in intensive care, but doctors were unable to save her.
The woman’s son, Gilberto, said no medical explanation was obtained as to why his mother suddenly woke up hours after her “death”.
Officials have launched an investigation to identify the doctor who signed her death certificate after the family filed an official complaint.
Retired nurse Bella was found alive in her coffin on June 9 after spending five hours at a funeral home.
She was carried away by firefighters and taken back to the same hospital where she had previously “died”.
Her remains have now been returned to the funeral home, where she will be buried in a cemetery this week.
Gilberto previously said of the incident, “We were about 20 people there… After about five hours of vigil, the coffin started making noises.
“My mother was wrapped in sheets and was banging on the coffin and as we got closer we could see she was breathing heavily.