A teenager was buried alive to cure crippling back pains she has been experiencing after she was recently struck by lightning on her way to school in Monteria, Colombia, as relatives believed it would “take away the energy” the lightning left inside her. 18-year-old Ana Ballesteros was placed in a giant hole which was filled with earth and covered up to her neck for three days a week in her family’s garden.
She was treated in hospital but continued to suffer back pain she claimed prevented her from walking properly. The treatment involved her being buried for up to four hours a day over three days. “Doctors study medicine but not lightning,” Ana said. “I know that getting into that hole I’m going to get better because these are ancient things.”