One the eve of her funeral, a woman was found to have given birth.
Family members were horrified when funeral workers found a stillborn child between the legs of a woman who had been dead for 10 days.
Some members of the rural South African community cried witchcraft, arguing the bodies should be burned, while doctors said it was possible that it occurred naturally.
Nomveliso Nomasonto Mdoyi, 33, was 9 months pregnant when she died from uncertain causes cited as her losing “her breath.”
“When we took the body from the mortuary tray to her coffin we discovered that there was a newly born baby between her legs,” Lindokuhle Funeral owner Fundile Makalana said.
The woman’s mother, Mandzala Mdoyi, 76, said “First, I was devastated by the untimely death of my daughter and now I got the shock of my life to learn that she has given birth while she had been dead for 10 days. What is that? God please come and intervene.”
“I have been in the business for more than 20 years and I have never heard of a dead woman giving birth,” Makalana said.
The phenomenon is called “coffin birth,” or postmortem fetal extrusion, and is rare, but documented cases do exist.