A cow falls on a man through the roof of his house… Sounds like the intro to a joke, but it was no joke when a one-and-a-half-ton cow crashed through the roof of the house of 5-year-old Joao Maria de Souza while he and his wife were sleeping. On July 15, NBC News filled in a few more details of the strange story that a cow fell through the roof of the house located in Caratinga insoutheastern Brazil, landing on the man and just barely missing the woman laying by his side.
Souza at first didn’t think his injuries were life-threatening, believing his leg being broken was the extent of his injuries. However, his brother told the media later that Souza had suffered internal injuries as well from the 3000-pound cow falling eight feet and landed on him.
The wife was unharmed.
The cow, also apparently unharmed, is believed to have been the property of a nearby farm and had been wandering the nearby hillside. Souza’s home, which abuts the hillside, would have been easily accessed by the grazing cow.
Police are still investigating the incident.
In the initial report of the incident, the Associated Press recounted (via Yahoo News) that, according to an officer speaking on condition of anonymity, Souza wasn’t instantly killed by the falling cow, which crashed through the asbestos roof of Souza’s house. He died later at a nearby hospital from internal bleeding.
The accident occurred on Wednesday.
To add a twist, according to the Telegraph, Souza’s brother doesn’t blame the cow for his brother’s death.
“Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth,” he said. “But in my view it wasn’t the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined.”
Hospital officials have denied the accusations, according to The Independent.
Joao Maria de Souza’s mother could not believe the unfairness of it all. “I didn’t bring my son up to be killed by a falling cow,” 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.”
The BBC reported that this cow falling on a man incident isn’t Caratinga’s first. In fact, it’s the third in the past three years. In the first, the house was unoccupied when the cow fell through the roof. In the second incident, a baby and a small child were sleeping in the room where the massive bovine fell to the floor. It fell next to them in what was described as a miraculous escape.