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Published 2021-10-18
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Woman Gives Birth 10 Days After She Died!

Losing a loved one is without a doubt one of the most difficult ordeals in a person’s life. Even more so if the death involves a baby. It was most certainly a difficult time for the family of 33-year-old Nomveliso Nomasonto Mdoyi who had passed away when she was nine months pregnant. Though when it came to preparing the body for burial, the staff at the funeral directors got one of the biggest shocks of their life as they found out the woman had given birth! How was that even possible and had there ever been cases like this before? Read on to find out what happened in this surprising yet heartbreaking story.

Tragedy In The Family

Tragedy In The Family

Prior to her death, the woman who was named as 33-year-old Nomveliso Nomasonto Mdoyi, had complained of a sudden breathlessness at home in the village of Mthayisi in South Africa’s southern Eastern Cape province. The mum-of-five had died shortly afterward, though no cause of death has been revealed. At the time of her death, she was nine months pregnant, though it was unclear whether the baby’s life could have been saved had the doctors provided a different treatment when the mother first fell ill. Though both the family and the staff at the funeral directors were in for a big shock. Read on to find out what exactly had happened.

Tragedy In The Family 1

Shock For Funeral Directors

After her passing, the body of the 33-year-old was given to a firm of funeral directors ahead of her burial. When the day of the funeral came, which was 10 days after Nomveliso had died, the staff at the funeral directors got a huge shock! As they went to move the body from the mortuary tray to the coffin, they had noticed a baby between the legs of the lifeless body! The Boss of the company, Fundile Makalana spoke with the local press and said that unfortunately, the baby was dead but that they were all so shocked and frightened that they didn’t even have the time to look at the gender of the baby.

Shock For Funeral Directors

Is It Possible To Give Birth After Death?

The question that everybody had been asking after this case had gone viral, was whether it would be possible for someone who had died to give birth. Especially after so many days. What many call ‘coffin birth’ is medically known as post mortem fetal extrusion. It occurs during decomposition of the body when tissues become depleted of oxygen and gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane are released. As medical experts explained, at the same time organ tissues are weakened and the mix of the gasses and wakened tissues causes the torso and limbs to become bloated a few days after death. Gas in the abdomen may cause the uterus to prolapse and the fetus to be expelled from the body. However as experts have stressed, there have been no records of a baby surviving following a coffin birth. How did the girl’s family react to the news? Read on to find out.

A Fresh Tragedy

While rare it does happen and staff workers at the funeral directors had noted that in their more than the 20-year experience they have never heard of a dead woman giving birth. The case baffled many who came across the story even the family of the 33-year-old woman. However, what might have shocked and stunned them at first, it had soon left the family of the woman even more grief-stricken. Especially her 76-year-old mother, Mandzala Mdoyi.

Is It Possible To Give Birth After Death?

Woman’s Mother Speaks Out

Having just gone through the stress of losing her daughter and unborn grandchild, the 76-year-old then had to learn that the baby was in fact in a way born, but of course, it was a stillborn birth. Speaking with the media she said that she wants educated people, ones who know better, to help cool down their emotions and explain to them how it was possible for a dead woman to give birth. She told them that she is now over 70 and has never heard of such a thing and asked why such a thing was happening to her child.

A Fresh Tragedy

Witchcraft the Cause of All The Grief?

In the Eastern Cape are where the family are from, in recent years there had been many crimes and death related to suspected witchcraft. Even as recently as March 2020 an elderly woman was drowned in her village after local men had suspected her of witchcraft. As a result of this, many elderly people have been relocating from their villages in fear of meeting the same fate. Those who believe in witchcraft had suggested to Nomveliso’s family that maybe it was that, that led to their dead daughter giving birth 10 days after her passing. Though as the Daily Mail had reported, they had ignored those suggestions.

Woman’s Mother Speaks Out

The Funeral

Also despite the suggestions to take precautions with the body in case it was all a result of witchcraft the family went ahead with the funeral. The mother and child were laid to rest in one coffin which was later cremated. There had been no further updates about the gender of the baby and whether the family had decided to name it. And while this story might sound unbelievable, there had been some cases of women who had passed away, with the help of medicine, bringing their pregnancies to term and giving birth to healthy babies. Click on the next page to find out what those cases were!

Witchcraft the Cause of All The Grief?

Children Born 123 Days After Mother Declared Brain Dead

Medical science has progressed so much that it managed to keep alive a brain-dead pregnant woman for 123 days before delivering her twins via an emergency c-section. Back in 2017, the story of 21-year-old Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha from Brazil had caught the attention and heartstrings of internet users. The woman was pronounced brain dead after suffering a stroke while nine weeks pregnant. The doctors and the woman’s fiance decided to keep the woman on a ventilator to save the nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat inside their mother’s womb. Their father, Muriel Padilha had described the birth of his children as a miracle after the doctors made it clear to him that they had no hope of the little ones surviving. The twins, a boy, and a girl were born at seven months and kept in incubators for 3 more months before being given the all-clear and being discharged from the hospital.

Woman Brain Dead For 3 Months Gives Birth To Baby

A similar situation took place across the Atlantic in Portugal. Back in 2019 international sportswoman, Catarina Sequeira had suffered an asthma attack when she was 19 weeks pregnant and was put into an induced coma. However, her condition deteriorated and within days the doctors had declared her brain dead. Sequeira’s family and the child’s father were consulted and they had chosen to keep the woman alive on life support until the 32nd week of pregnancy when the baby would have the best chance of survival outside of the womb. However, due to the sportswoman’s respiratory condition deteriorating the c-section was brought forward just a few days shy of the 32-week mark. However, the baby boy, who according to media reports was named Salvador, was born healthy and had to stay at the hospital for three more weeks for observation.

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