Being buried alive is listed by many people as their worst way to die.
According to El Español, Jiménez was subsequently transferred under guard in an ambulance to another hospital where he regained consciousness after 24 hours.
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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.
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.
"Two prison doctors concluded he had clinical signs of death following a morning roll call and informed police, his next-of-kin and a local duty court as part of standard procedure", a spokesman for the Spanish Prison Service told the Daily Mail.
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That's why medical professionals declared him dead because his pulse was so faint that they couldn't detect it.
Catalepsy is "a condition characterized by inactivity, decreased responsiveness to stimuli, and a tendency to maintain an immobile posture", according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Authorities say they have no idea how the mix-up occurred. The medical condition can be a symptom of epilepsy, from which Jiménez reportedly suffers.
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The first words Jiménez uttered after his awakening were about his wife, and he asked if he could see her. Doctors said his brain was deprived of oxygen for a while, but he is able to speak and remember things, which are both good signs.
Jimenez's family said he has epilepsy and was on medication, but feared he had not been taking it at the right times in prison.
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