Graveyard Shift People Who Were Buried Alive And Somehow Survived  

Lisa Waugh
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Fair warning: even if you’re not claustrophobic or taphophobic, these buried alive stories will have you squirming. Mistaken for dead, many people have been entombed prematurely, only to awaken to a horrifying reality. There are many tales of people being accidentally buried alive who are discovered all too late, but this list is concerned with people who were buried alive and lived to tell the tale—in some cases, just barely.

If you’re still reading, you’re ready to delve into some bizarre buried alive stories. Scroll at your own risk...
French Teenager Survives Being Buried for Three Days
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19-year-old Angelo Hays was believed to have died in a motorcycle accident in 1937 in France. Hays was thrown from the bike into a brick wall, head first. After a suspicious insurance agent came to inquire about the policy Hays’s father had taken out on his son, the teenager was exhumed two days after his burial. He was still alive, having slipped into a coma. As his body required less oxygen in this state, Hays managed to survive the ordeal.  

After rehabilitation, Hays lived to tell the tale of his live burial. He became a celebrity throughout France, and also invented a security coffin complete with a radio transmitter, food locker, library, and chemical toilet, just in case anyone found themselves in his same predicament.
Monsters Bury Six Year-old Alive in a Field
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In 2014 in northern India, a couple told a little girl that her parents wanted them to accompany her to a fair. They led her to a large sugar cane field, where the female abductor strangled the girl and buried her alive. Workers in the field spotted the couple and rushed to uncover the child. She was taken to the hospital and recovered, later identifying her neighbors as the suspects.
Natalya Pasternak Buried Alive by a Bear
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In 2015, Natalya Pasternak and a friend were walking in the woods of Siberia when they were attacked by a bear. She and her friend fought back, but the huge bear got the best of Pasternak, mauling her and knocking her unconscious. Her friend went for help and flagged down police. The bear, thinking she was dead, buried Pasternak with leaves and dirt. He apparently planned to eat her later. The bear was killed and Pasternak went through a long recovery. The attack gave her a new lease on life. She captioned a pic on social media, “How beautiful life is.” 
Chinese Infant Survived Being Buried Alive for Eight Days
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The baby boy in question was born with a cleft palate in 2015. As the young couple was not prepared for a child with medical needs, they "panicked," put the baby in a cardboard box, and buried him in a shallow grave in a cemetery in Tian Dong. While picking herbs near the cemetery, a woman discovered the baby from his cries beneath the earth. Initially, she believed the cries were from a ghost. She notified the police and they dug up the baby. He survived because the box allowed in oxygen and rainwater. The parents initially claimed that his grandparents put a hit out on the baby, but no one bought the story.