You’d think this only happens in movies but this is exactly what happened to Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez, a 29 year old prison inmate from Spain.

Forensic teams were prepping hem for post-mortem examination when they noticed that he’s still showing signs of life. He was quickly moved to the ICU, where he was resuscitated and was able to talk. The very first thing he asked about was his wife.

It would been quite horrifying if he was able to regain consciousness at the morgue only to see his insides being pulled out.

Presently, doctors are slowly unraveling the mystery of why he was previously thought to be deceased. While exceptionally rare, people waking up after being pronounced dead have happened before.

Here are the facts: Gonzalo was found unconscious in his prison cell at the Asturias Central Penitentiary in Villabona at around 8 in the morning. Upon full examination of his body, all three different doctors was able to pronounce him dead and he was sent to the mortuary.

For four long hours his body showed no signs of life until his snoring at his autopsy eventually led to the discovery that he’s still alive.

A spokesperson from the Spanish Prison Service said that Gonzalo’s family have already been informed of his demise.

The doctors have concluded that he clearly showed clinical signs of death following a morning roll call and informed the police, his next-of-kin and the local duty court as part of standard procedure.

This was the story as told by The Sun‘s police source:

We got the call requesting our presence at the jail because an inmate had passed away and we acted on protocol.

He was taken for autopsy without police presence since he was already presumed dead.”

We were surprised to get a second call asking for police assistance to take him to the hospital and to keep watch!

Netizens were quick to react to this incident:

Gonzalo is under intensive care at present but is reported doing well. He may have suffered oxygen deprivation during the time where he was presumed dead, and its long-term adverse effects on his body and mind are yet to be observed.

The prevailing theory on why he was thought to have died for that many hours is probably because he suffered from catalepsy, a condition where a person experiences reduced responsiveness and can remain in a single position, not moving, for days on end. However, whether or not Gonzalo suffered from this condition remains to be proven.

What do you think about this story? If you were the doctor and someone on a slab wakes up at the morgue in your watch, what would be your first reaction? If you were Gonzalo’s kin and you were told that he’s still very much alive after being told of his passing, how would you feel? Let us know in the comments section below!