'Dead' prisoner 'comes to life' in body bag

The prison where Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez was being held
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The prison where Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez was being held Credit SOLARPIX

Often, the person's vital signs such as breathing and heartbeat drop to very low levels, so they are almost undetectable, even by doctors.

Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez, an inmate at a jail in the Asturia region, woke up just hours before his post-mortem examinination after guards believed he had died in his cell in the morning.

Finding no vital signs, and documenting cyanosis and rigor mortis, three doctors - including a forensic doctor - declared him dead.

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

His "body" was bagged up and then moved to the mortuary at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Oviedo, where he was prepared for autopsy.

"Relatives have been visiting him in the hospital and are said to be feeling a mix of relief and indignation, although none of them have yet made any public comment", the Sun reported. He was transferred to an ICU in a nearby hospital where he recovered enough to talk. 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 takes three experts to certify a prisoner dead.

Telegraph reports his family members revealed he had tried committing suicide by taking an overdose of anti-epileptic drugs, though the specific substances involved have yet to be confirmed.

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. "If he goes in, he will come out as a body", Mr Montoya said.

His father José Carlos Montoya, also blamed the prison for negligence of his son's life and demanded for his release. Shocked by his nephew's suicide attempt, he said he nevertheless understood it.

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