Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Spanish prisoner declared dead wakes up in mortuary

Spanish prisoner declared dead wakes up in mortuary

She said: "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". But according to reports from the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Asturias, one man was recently sent to the morgue, only to be heard snoring a few hours later. This included putting marks over his body, which are used to guide the coroner. "It's clear that in the jail they do not supervise him nor treat him well", he told El Comercio, adding that his son was given "pills for his nerves, but it was not enough".

Authorities told Mr Jiménez's family that the 29-year-old was believed to have died in his cell at around 8am after he failed to show for the prison's morning count.

Montoya Jiménez is now reportedly being treated at the hospital, but is in good condition.

Doctors feared brain damage, but said signs were positive after he talked and was able to remember his wife. Symptoms include loss of muscle control and even slowing down functions, including breathing.

He failed to show for the prison's morning count in the most unsafe section of the prison and appeared to be suffering from rigor mortis, having no pulse when found.

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Doctors now believe Montoya may suffer from a condition called catalepsy, which causes a person's vital signs to slow down to nearly imperceptible levels.

Three experts are supposed to examine a prisoner before they can officially be declared dead.

Catalepsy is itself a symptom of epilepsy, which La Voz de Asturias reports Jiménez suffers from, so it would make sense if this turns out to be the case.

Being mistaken for dead is a surprisingly common occurrence. In February of the same year, coroners in MS were surprised when a 78-year-old man began kicking against the sides of his own body bag.

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