A PARALYSED 79-year-old has survived after allegedly being buried alive in an abandoned tomb by her son and trapped there for three days.
Horrifying footage shows the moment police in the Chinese province of Shaanxi pulled the woman, known by surname Wang, from the pit on Tuesday.
The woman's son, 58, named as Ma, is now in police custody and facing a charge of attempted murder.
An investigation has been launched to establish what happened.
Video shows officials pulling the woman feet first and covered in dirt from the opening of a large hole, dug a number of feet down in the middle of a remote field.
They then place her on the ground, where she lies motionless, and cover her with a blanket.
Police said the woman, who is disabled, is now in a stable condition and recovering at a hospital.
Authorities in the province's Jingbian county first received a call from Ma's wife on Tuesday morning.
She reportedly told them that she had not seen her mother-in-law since her husband placed her on a pushcart on the evening of May 2 and wheeled her from the family home.
Local media reports that Ma returned to the house in the early hours of May 3 with the pushcart but without his mother.
Quizzed about his mother's absence, Ma reportedly said he had hired a driver to take her to stay with relatives.
Ma's wife reported Wang missing when she was unable to confirm her whereabouts after three days.
Police then interviewed Ma, who reportedly confessed to burying his mother.
Officials were then able to locate the site, and began digging after hearing cries for help.
Miraculously, they pulled Wang still alive from the tomb after three days without food or water.
No possible motivation for the attempted murder has yet been established.
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