A cow falls on a man and kills him, this is a bizarre accident making headline news today. The cow falls on the man after coming right through the roof. The bovine falls eight feet onto a bed where a man and wife are sleeping. If you think a cow falling through a roof is an isolated incident, think again. “The cow falls on man” story is just one of three times in three years that a bovine crashed through the roof of home in a rural region of Brazil, according to NBC News on July 15, 2013.
This is the first time that a cow falls on a man and kills him, as the last two times there were no injuries. The man was in bed sleeping when the cow fell eight feet onto the bed below. 45-year-old Joao Maria de Souza was in bed for the night with his wife, both were sound asleep when the cow crashed down upon them. The falling cow narrowly missed Souza’s wife and Souza was alive with a broken leg after the incident.
Souza was taken to the hospital with only a broken leg, so the family thought, but apparently the cow falling on him did more damage than he realized. His brother said that it was because he had to wait so long before seeing a doctor at the hospital that he died. Souza had internal injuries from the cow landing on him that caused his death. He was alive for a day and a half after the incident.
How did the cow get on the roof you ask? The house that the Souza’s live in is backed into a steep hill which makes for an easy path onto his roof for the cow. While they were asleep, a cow from a neighboring farm got loose and made his way over that hill and onto the roof of the house. The asbestos roof couldn’t take the one-ton bovine and it came crashing down.
The first time this happened there was no one at home, so the cow crashed down into an empty house. The second time a cow came through a house’s roof, there was a small child and baby sleeping right next to the place that cow came falling through. The people in the area called that a “miracle” that the kids weren’t hurt because it was such a close call.
Souza’s mother was shocked at how she lost her son, she talked with the media saying:
“I didn’t bring my son up to be killed by a falling cow,” his mother Maria de Souza told Brazil’s Super Canal TV channel. “He nearly died when he was two and got meningitis, but I worked hard to buy medicines for him and he survived. And now he’s lying in his bed and gets crushed to death by a cow. There’s no justice in the world.”