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Woman Buried Alive After 'Dying' Of Cancer Suffocates To Death

28/09/2014 13:40 BST | Updated 28/09/2014 15:59 BST
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It's truly the stuff of nightmares.

A Greek woman is reported to have been accidentally buried alive after 'dying' of cancer.

A worker at the Peraia cemetery near Thessaloniki told police he heard banging and muffled screams coming from a plot, after the funeral last Thursday.

Despite frantically digging up the coffin containing the 49-year-old woman, she tragically died before rescuers could reach her.

She had previously been declared dead by a doctor who had examined her.

Chrissi Matsikoudi told Greek television channel MEGA: "I just don't believe it. We did several tests including one for heart failure on the body.

"It would have been impossible for someone in a state of rigor mortis to have been shouting and hitting the coffin like that."

The mother of two is not being named until a post-mortem is carried out.

Relatives of the dead woman are reported to be considering taking legal action.