An 18-year-old girl, identified as Ana Ballesteros has been reportedly buried alive by her relatives in Monteria, Colombia, to cure the crippling back pains she has been experiencing after she was recently struck by lightning on her way to school.
According to Our correspondent UK, her parents believed burying her alive would, “take away the energy” the lightning left inside her.
The 18-year-old Ana was placed in a hole which was filled with earth and covered up to her neck for three days a week in her family’s garden.
Ana, who has been visiting hospitals but remained unhealed said, “Doctors study medicine but not lightning.”
“I know that getting into that hole I’m going to get better because these are ancient things.”
“What we’re doing is taking the fire out of the light, the heat out of the energy.”
Ana’s mother, Milena Ballesteros said they have been told by some residents in the community that taking the teenager to the hospital would be a waste of time and resources.
She said, “Locals told me before I took her to hospital that we’d be better off burying her instead to take the energy from the lightning away.
“I’m praying she comes out okay. She can’t walk properly and the burns she suffered on her feet cause her pain. I trust in God.”
A local doctor has expressed doubt over the ancient treatment. Walter Gomez, who works at a clinic in the regional capital Monteria, says there is no prove that burying a patient struck by lightning could be beneficial.
He added, “There’s no scientific proof that burying a patient who has been struck by lightning has any beneficial effects for their recover.”