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Woman in Brazil Was Buried Alive...Almost!

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  The shadow of a cemetery worker is cast on reclaimed gravestones  in London City Cemetery on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The cemetery is piloting a scheme whereby graves over 75 years old become eligible for reclamation. New interments will be placed into the existing graves, the headstones will be turned around and re-used, carving the names of the newly deceased. Once a grave has been earmarked by English heritage the cemetery must wait one year to see if family members claim the existing grave. By conserving as many memorials as possible the City of London hopes to maintain the historic cemetery landscape and sustain buriel provisions for the future. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: The shadow of a cemetery worker is cast on reclaimed gravestones in London City Cemetery on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The cemetery is piloting a scheme whereby graves over 75 years old become eligible for reclamation. New interments will be placed into the existing graves, the headstones will be turned around and re-used, carving the names of the newly deceased. Once a grave has been earmarked by English heritage the cemetery must wait one year to see if family members claim the existing grave. By conserving as many memorials as possible the City of London hopes to maintain the historic cemetery landscape and sustain buriel provisions for the future. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  The shadow of a cemetery worker is cast on reclaimed gravestones  in London City Cemetery on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The cemetery is piloting a scheme whereby graves over 75 years old become eligible for reclamation. New interments will be placed into the existing graves, the headstones will be turned around and re-used, carving the names of the newly deceased. Once a grave has been earmarked by English heritage the cemetery must wait one year to see if family members claim the existing grave. By conserving as many memorials as possible the City of London hopes to maintain the historic cemetery landscape and sustain buriel provisions for the future. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: The shadow of a cemetery worker is cast on reclaimed gravestones in London City Cemetery on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The cemetery is piloting a scheme whereby graves over 75 years old become eligible for reclamation. New interments will be placed into the existing graves, the headstones will be turned around and re-used, carving the names of the newly deceased. Once a grave has been earmarked by English heritage the cemetery must wait one year to see if family members claim the existing grave. By conserving as many memorials as possible the City of London hopes to maintain the historic cemetery landscape and sustain buriel provisions for the future. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

An 88-year-old Brazilian woman believed to be dead was place in a coffin to be buried.

There was one thing: Maria das Dores da Conceicao was alive, and woke up four hours later in a funeral home.

She was rushed back to the hospital, and died two days later, the O Globo newspaper reported, citing a release from the Ipatinga mayor's office..

Now police in Minas Gerais state want to know if poor medical care and the misdiagnosis contributed to her death. 

The mayor's statement did not immediately identify a cause of death. It did say, however, that she suffered from hypertension.

Calls to the Ipatinga hospital, police and mayor's office were not answered late Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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