A teenager agreed to be buried alive after she was struck by lightning and her family members told her it was the only way to cure her of her crippling back pains.
Ana Ballesteros, 18, was covered up to her neck for three days a week in her garden.
The bizarre home cure saw her placed in a giant hole which was filled with earth. Relatives believed this would “take the energy” the lightning left in her.
The teenager was struck by a bolt as she walked to college recently.
She was treated in hospital but continued to suffer back pain she claimed prevented her from walking
She began quirky ‘therapy’ sessions - which involved her being buried for up to four hours a day over three days. Ana said:
“Doctors study medicine but not lightning.Her gran Blanca de la Rosa said:
“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 mum Milena added:
“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.Local doctors expressed their scepticism. With one saying:
She can’t walk properly and the burns she suffered on her feet cause her pain. I trust in God.” It is not known if the treatment, which began earlier this week, worked.
“There’s no scientific proof that burying a patient who has been struck by lightning has any beneficial effects for their recovery.”
Source - MirrorUK