Family Find Man Declared Dead Was Still Alive In Morgue

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

The family of this man who was declared dead by doctors later found him alive and awake after breaking into the hospital morgue.

The startling incident took place in the city of Sincelejo, in the Caribbean region of Sucre, Colombia, after Juan Jose Munoz Romero, 67, was taken to the Las Penitas health clinic with sudden high blood pressure.

Local newspaper El Heraldo report doctors at the clinic told his family that he had died just two hours after entering the hospital but the family did not trust the medics.

CEN/Juan Jose Munoz Romero

His daughter, who has not been named in reports, told El Heraldo that they were not allowed to see her father’s body because of coronavirus protocols.

However, she later broke into the hospital’s morgue when the doctors were distracted and says she found her father breathing and conscious inside.

She told El Heraldo doctors still tried to convince her that the father was dead and what she was seeing were natural reactions seen in patients after they die.

Her brother Martin told El Heraldo: “My sister did not believe that answer and decided to take the body from there and we took him to another clinic. But all that time in the morgue had affected him and he was suffering from ischaemia.”

Ischaemia is when the blood supply to an organ or body part, especially the heart or brain, is too low.

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He is currently being treated at the La Concepcion clinic and neither the Las Penitas clinic nor the local health authorities have commented on the case.

The family are reportedly considering taking legal action against the clinic.

Marlon David Rodriguez, nephew of Munoz Romero, told local media outlet 24 Horas Noticias Sincelejo that his uncle had tested negative for coronavirus.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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