Declared dead, man comes back to life on autopsy table

Declared dead, man comes back to life on autopsy table

Declared dead, man comes back to life on autopsy table

A prisoner, who had been declared dead by three doctors, was lying on a slab in the morgue with a physician standing over him ready to perform an autopsy when he let out a snore that saved his life.

"Two prison doctors concluded he had clinical signs of death following a morning roll call and informed police, his next-of-kin and a local duty court as part of standard procedure", a spokesman for the Spanish Prison Service told the Daily Mail.

He was found unconscious in his cell on Sunday (Jan. 7), and was believed to be dead, according to the Spanish news outlet La Voz de Asturias.

An official investigation has been launched to find out how the man's vitals were not discovered or if any medical steps were not carried out correctly.

Montoya has been in prison for 29 years. "I can't comment on what happened at the Institute of Legal Medicine but three doctors have seen clinical signs of death so it's still not clear at the moment exactly why this occurred", the spokesman added.

He may suffer from an unusual medical condition that makes a person's vital signs drop to undetectable levels. Jimenez who was rushed to the emergency room, is now recovering.

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For three medical professionals to get such an important diagnosis wrong is nearly unheard of.

The incident is suspected to be a case of catalepsy; a condition characterised by rigidity of the body, a loss of responsiveness to pain and a slowing down of bodily functions, such as breathing.

The Independent also reports after regaining consciousness 24 hours later, he was able to recall his wife and proceeded to ask about her.

Jimenez's family said he has epilepsy and was on medication, but feared he had not been taking it at the right times in prison.

Doctors say his brain had been starved of oxygen during the ordeal, but the fact that he's talking and remembering are good signs of recovery.

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