Miss. man, declared dead, wakes up in body bag at funeral home

Miss. man, declared dead, wakes up in body bag at funeral home

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Miss. man, declared dead, wakes up in body bag at funeral home

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by ABC NEWS

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 2:22 PM

(ABC NEWS) -- A Mississippi man woke up in a body bag as funeral home workers prepared to embalm him, ABC affiliate WAPT reported.

Walter Williams, 78, of Lexington, Miss., appeared to have died at his home Wednesday night. The coroner came to the house and pronounced him dead at 9 p.m.

“I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zipped it up,” Williams’ nephew, Eddie Hester, told WAPT.

Williams was taken to Porter and Sons Funeral Home. They were getting ready to embalm him, and that’s when he started kicking inside the body bag.


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“He was not dead, long story short,” funeral home manager Byron Porter told WAPT. He said this was the first time he’d ever seen anything like it.

“My cousin called me and said, ‘Not yet,’ and I said, ‘What you mean not yet?’ He said, ‘Daddy still here,’” Hester said.

Williams was rushed to a nearby hospital. The coroner said Williams’ pacemaker may have shut down and then started up again, WAPT reported.

“I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it’s a miracle,” Holmes County Sheriff Willie March told WAPTV.

Williams’ family members say they’re happy he’s alive.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to be here, but I know he’s back right now,” Hester told WAPT. ”That’s all that matters.”

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