Why are we born? Why do we exist at all? Why do we die? Is there an afterlife? Until we find some irrefutable answers, at least for the last two questions, we first have to assure that a person who appears as it passed away is really dead.
ScienceAlert.com writes about the unusual case of a young prisoner from the maximum security wing of Asturias Central Penitentiary, located in northwest Spain. He woke up in the morgue a few hours before his own autopsy, although he was declared dead by three doctors. The event happened four years ago.
Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez is the prisoner in question
Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez is the prisoner that makes the subject of this article, and he was incarcerated for robbery. He was only 29 years old at the time of the event. On January 7, 2018, the man was found unresponsive in his prison cell during a morning roll call. He was then transferred in a body bag to a hospital mortuary. But pathologists started to hear snoring coming from inside the bag.
The young prisoner spent some time in the cold storage room to help his body be preserved.
El Español reported the following at the time of the event:
Forensic doctors began to hear noises coming from inside the bag. Montoya was not dead. Quite the opposite,
The forensic [pathologist] proceeded to open the bag and found the inmate still alive.
Later on, the prisoner was transferred to another hospital to recover. He was also eventually reported to be in a stable condition.
As for how on Earth was it possible for three doctors to mistakenly declare the man dead, here’s what a spokesperson for the Spanish Prison Service had to say, as Daily Mail quotes:
I can’t comment on what happened at the Institute of Legal Medicine, but three doctors have seen clinical signs of death so it’s still not clear at the moment exactly why this occurred