Saved by a snore': 'Dead' man rescued in morgue as autopsy begins

Ruben Ruiz
January 11, 2018

A PRISONER who was pronounced dead woke up and started wheezing as doctors prepared to cut him open for an autopsy.

Shortly afterward, he was pronounced dead by three doctors at the prison, having found no signs of life.

His body was placed in a body bag and transferred to the morgue in Institute of legal Medicine in Oviedo on Sunday morning for an autopsy after police guards found him slumped and unconscious in his cell. 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.

Hospital sources told Telecinco (via BBC) that it could just be a case of catalepsy, a nervous condition that leaves sufferers in a trance-like state while their body mimics the rigidity of a dead one.

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.

The 29-year-old has seven months left to serve of his sentence, for stealing scrap metal.

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Relatives have been visiting him in hospital and are said to be feeling a mix of relief and indignation, although none of them have yet made any public comment.

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

It is not known what caused his vital signs to slow to the point at which he was believed dead.

Catalepsy can sometimes be a symptom of epilepsy, which La Voz de Asturias reported Jiménez suffers from.

The Independent also reports after regaining consciousness 24 hours later, he was able to recall his wife and proceeded to ask about her. He may have missed taking his medicine in the past few weeks due to the unpredictability of prison, the family said.

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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