Inmate declared dead was just taking a nap

Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez was wrongly pronounced dead and taken out of Asturias Central Penitentiary in the the Spanish village Villabona near Oviedo in a body bag for an autopsy before he was found to actually be alive

Inmate declared dead was just taking a nap

The inmate's relatives have criticised the prison's officials, claiming they believe only one doctor had declared Jiménez dead and the others had simply signed without doing their job.

It's almost as close a call as a Peruvian man who woke up from a coma at his open-casket funeral. They believe that it is impossible for three doctors to certify his death.

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

The first words he muttered were about his wife, and asked if he could see her.

"We got the original call asking us to attend the jail because an inmate had died and acted according to protocol".

He was placed in a bag and taken to Legal Medicine Institute of Oviedo for an autopsy to determine how he died.

Luckily, before the procedure started, Jiménez started showing signs of life, and was quickly transferred to a nearby hospital. A Spanish Prison Service spokesman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that they had no idea how Montoya was still alive after three physicians confirmed his death. It's unknown whether medical staff at the prison were aware of his epilepsy when he was pronounced dead.

Police have opened investigations into his mysterious case, while tests have since indicated his coma was caused by an overdose of drugs, along with severe hypothermia, which may have masked his vital signs.

"The pills are taken as they (the prisoners) want".

Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez was only hours away from his chest being opened by doctors who had scheduled an autopsy after his "apparent death" on Sunday. "He has been in jail three years and he couldn't go on anymore", his uncle Luis Manuel Montoya, was reported saying.

The prisoner's father, José Carlos Montoya, said he had tried to hang himself in his cell seven months ago. Shocked by his nephew's suicide attempt, he said he nevertheless understood it.

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