Mississippi man found alive in body bag at funeral home
1 Mar BBC
A Mississippi man has been found literally alive and kicking in a
body bag at a funeral home after being declared dead.
Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm
Walter Williams on Thursday when he moved.
A coroner pronounced the 78-year-old dead after finding no pulse when
he was called to Mr Williams' home in the city of Lexington on the
previous evening.It is thought that his pacemaker may have temporarily
stopped working.Holmes County coroner Dexter Howard told the BBC he was
called to Mr Williams' home by a hospice nurse, who said the man had
passed away.Mr Howard said he went through the "normal procedure" of
checking for Mr Williams' vital signs, but found none.Mr Williams was
taken to Porter and Sons Funeral Home and was being prepared for
embalming when "we noticed there was some kicking and moving going on",
Mr Howard said.
"He began to breathe," he added. "It was a miracle.The farmer and
school board employee was taken to a hospital for treatment, where Mr
Howard visited him.He's still holding on," he said.The coroner said Mr
Williams' family were rejoicing and "just in a state of shock" after
learning of his recovery.Mr Howard said he had never seen anything like
this in more than two decades as a coroner.
It's an unusual case," he said. "I hope he keeps on keeping
on.Ã“Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told ABC affiliate WAPT: "I don't
know how long he's going to be here.But I know he's back right now.
That's all that matters.