“The whole family rushed in, almost breaking the door down, carrying the girl in her casket,” Doctor Claudia Lopez recalled. “I told them to take her out and put her on the bed. Everybody was claiming she was alive so I went through all the necessary procedures.
“We evaluated and tried everything but the girl was dead. They put her back in the coffin and took her away again, back to the cemetery.”
Perez was originally thought to be dead after she reportedly fell unconscious outside of her home in El Entrada. Doctors believed she may have suffered a severe panic attack after hearing a sudden burst of gunfire.
The family had contacted a local priest at first, thinking that Perez was possessed by an evil spirit because she was foaming at the mouth. She became lifeless and was rushed to the hospital where she was later declared dead.
Doctors now believe the panic attack may have only temporarily stopped her heart activity and that she may have died from a lack of oxygen after waking up inside the closed coffin.
“Once we had taken her out of the tomb I put my hand on her body,” said Carolina Perez, the teen’s cousin. “She was still warm, and I felt a faint heart beat.
“She had scratches on her forehead and bruises on her fingers. It looked like she had tried desperately to get out of the casket and hurt herself.”
Maria Gutierrez said she believes her daughter was buried alive and blames doctors for being too quick to sign her death certificate.
“The doctors declared her dead but everybody else around me kept telling me she wasn't,” Gutierrez said. “She didn't look like she had died.
“Even after a day in the tomb the (color) of her body was normal, her corpse didn't smell, she just looked like she was in a deep sleep.
“There was no rigamortis, her body was still flexible, it was impossible that she had been dead for so many hours.” - Opposingview