A woman has remarkably given birth to her baby ten days after her death on the eve of her funeral. ‘Coffin Birth’, also known as postmortem fetal extrusion, is the expulsion of a nonviable fetus through the vaginal opening of the decomposing body of a deceased pregnant woman as a result of the increasing pressure of intra-abdominal gases.
33-year-old Nomveliso Nomasonto Modyi of the Mthayisi village near Mbizana, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, died suddenly while nine months pregnant. The bizarre “coffin birth” has left some people crying witchcraft after Nomveliso gave birth.
The mother of five bizarrely gave birth though ten days after her death with staff at the funeral parlour discovering the stillborn child in her coffin.
Shocked to find the body of the child in the coffin, Lindokuhle Funeral parlour owner Fundile Makalana has said that his staff have been left traumatized by the incident.
He told The Daily Dispatch:
“When we took the body from the mortuary tray to her coffin we discovered that there was a newly born baby between her legs.
We were so shocked and frightened that we did not even have time to look at the sex of the baby. I have been in the business for more than 20 years and I have never heard of a dead woman giving birth.
Even after birth the stomach area was still bloated.”
Both the stillborn infant and the mother were buried in one big coffin on Saturday.
The deceased woman’s mother‚ Mandzala Mdoyi‚ 76‚ said her daughter died suddenly after becoming short of breath at her home. She was nine months pregnant at the time.
Family spokesman Mbikelwa Mpithi said they would consult both medical experts and sangomas (South African traditional healers) to find out more about the birth after death.
Mourners who travelled from KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape to attend the funeral, left the event shocked.