Walter Williams was declared dead when workers at a Mississippi care home discovered he was alive, zipped inside a body bag
A man declared dead in Mississippi later woke up and began kicking at the body bag he had been zipped up in, ready for embalming at a funeral home.
Walter Williams, 78, was declared dead on Wednesday night at his home in Lexington, central Mississippi, when the local coroner could not find a pulse.
The former farmer and education department worker was transferred to a funeral home and his family began mourning his passing.
A few hours later as undertakers were preparing to embalm him, they were startled when the body began to move, kicking at the inside of the bag.
Once the county coroner pronounced Mr Williams dead the “corpse” was taken to Porter and Sons, a local, family-run funeral home.
In the early hours of the following morning, staff were shocked when Mr Williams began to struggle inside the body bag.
“He was not dead, long story short,” said undertaker Byron Porter.
The workers quickly unzipped it and found Mr Williams alive, then immediately rushed him to hospital.
“I asked the coroner what happened and the only thing he could say is that it’s a miracle,” said Willie March, the county sheriff.
Mr Williams was rushed to hospital and the family was alerted.
“About 2.30AM my cousin called and said ‘not yet’, I said what do you mean, not yet? And he said ‘Daddy’s still here’,” said Mr Hester.
Pictures on local television showed Mr Williams looking frail in hospital, but family members said he has told them he is glad to be alive.
The coroner later speculated that Mr Williams’s pacemaker had stopped working temporarily and then started again, reviving him at the funeral home.
“I stood there and watched them put him in the body bag and zip it up,” Eddie Hester, Mr Williams’s nephew, told US media.
“I don’t know how long he is going to be here but I know he is back [with us] right now and that’s all that matters,” added Mr Hester.
Source: The Telegraph