The family of a man declared dead broke into a morgue in disbelief – only to find him alive and breathing.

The Columbian family found Juan Jose Munoz Romero, 67, awake with his eyes open after one of his daughters infiltrated the hospital.

Doctors in the hospital in the city of Sincelejo, in the Caribbean region of Sucre, Colombia, had declared Mr Romero dead only hours earlier.

But his family couldn’t believe it and demanded to see him.

Mr Romero had been taken to the Las Penitas health clinic with sudden high blood pressure, according to reports in Colombian media.

The family are reportedly taking action against the clinic Las Penitas, in Sucre

Local newspaper El Heraldo reports doctors at the clinic told the patient’s family on Monday, July 6, that he had died just two hours after entering the hospital.

But his relatives did not trust the medics.

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 death.

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

Mr Romero is currently being treated at the La Concepcion clinic.

Neither the Las Penitas clinic nor the local health authorities have commented on the case in the local press.

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

Marlon David Rodriguez, Mr Romero’s nephew, told local media outlet 24 Horas Noticias Sincelejo that his uncle had tested negative for Covid-19.





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