Man Declared Dead Wakes Up On Autopsy Table Very Much Alive

Three doctors examined him

9 January 2018

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A prisoner in Spain who had been declared dead woke up in a morgue just hours before a post-mortem examination was due to take place.

According to Spanish publications, Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez was declared dead after being found in his prison cell at Villabona prison.

He was discovered slumped in a chair, with officials saying that he was cyanotic and that rigor mortis had set in. He had reportedly been feeling ill the previous day. Three doctors declared him dead.

The man was transferred to a mortuary in a body bag, but began to stir while lying on the autopsy table.

"Forensic doctors began to hear noises coming from inside the bag. Montoya was not dead. Quite the opposite," reported El Espanol.

"The forensic [pathologist] proceeded to open the bag and found the inmate still alive."

His first words were asking whether he could see his wife. He has now been transferred to intensive care.

His family says that his body was marked for a post-mortem examination.

The Spanish Police Service released a statement about the incident.

"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 said.

"The court sent a forensic doctor who was the one who actually confirmed his death. 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."


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