Man Declared Dead Starts Snoring In The Morgue

Family and friends of a prisoner being held in a Spanish detainment center have demanded that Spanish authorities immediately release the man after he was incorrectly declared dead by a team of three doctors. Prison officials were only alerted to the mistake when the prisoner in question, 29-year-old Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez, began loudly snoring while awaiting a full-scale autopsy.

When doctors certified Mr. Jimenez’s death, the prisoner’s seemingly deceased body was transported to a morgue in Asturias. After being processed for an autopsy, a medical examiner marked the man’s body for an immediate autopsy report.

Fortunately, Mr. Jimenez lurched back to conscious before his body was sliced open, snoring and sneezing heavily while the medical examiner was entering pre-examination details into Mr. Jimenez’s autopsy report.

Mr. Jimenez first came to the attention of prison guards when he was found lying on a chair in his cell. When the guards attempted to rouse Mr. Jimenez, they discovered that he was unresponsive and showing no discernible sign of life.

The worried guards immediately took Mr. Jimenez to the overnight doctor. After briefly checking the prisoner’s vital signs, the first doctor concluded that Mr. Jimenez had passed away during the night.

This conclusion was shared not only by the morning-shift doctor, but also by a forensic specialist who was brought to the hospital around lunchtime.

According to Yahoo, a preliminary investigation into the apparent death of Mr. Jimenez has revealed that the male prisoner had been attempting to commit suicide before his unresponsive body was found. To this end, Mr. Jimenez attempted to fatally overdose on barbiturates.

It remains unclear how Mr. Jimenez had such easy unsupervised access to a large dose of barbiturates.

Yahoo reports that Mr. Jimenez was also taking medication for epilepsy and anxiety. However, the administering of these drugs is left entirely in the hands of the prisoners.

“The pills are taken as they (the prisoners) want,” said Mr. Jimenez’s uncle, Luis Manuel Montoya, while speaking with the local paper La Voz de Asturias. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Jimenez’s family are using the incident as grounding to pressure the prison into releasing Mr. Jimenez before his release date.

Mr. Jimenez, 29, only has seven months left on his sentence. The sentence in question was delivered after Mr. Jimenez was caught stealing scrap metal from a junkyard.

In an interview with El Comercio, Mr. Jimenez’s father told reporters that prison officials were clearly mistreating his son. “It’s clear that in the jail they do not supervise him nor treat him well,” he said angrily.

“We don’t want him to go back to jail. If he goes in, he will come out as a body,” said Mr. Jimenez’s father.

“He is young, he is 29 years old and has his whole life ahead of him. He has been in jail three years and he couldn’t go on anymore.”

The preliminary investigation into the incident has not yet managed to shed any light on the perplexing number of times that Mr. Jimenez was cleared for an autopsy. A popular theory amongst medical commenters is that Mr. Jimenez was suffering from catalepsy – a relatively rare nervous condition that can put your body into a deeply unresponsive state of awareness.

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