Elderly Man Wakes Up in Body Bag at Funeral Home

Coroner described the event as a "miracle"

By Lavya Yalamanchi
|  Saturday, Mar 1, 2014  |  Updated 5:46 AM PDT
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A 78-year-old man was discovered alive and kicking inside a body bag hours after he was pronounced dead.

Walter Williams was deemed dead the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 26, and taken to a Lexington, Miss., funeral home to be embalmed.

Hours later, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home noticed something kicking inside his body bag.

"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 WAPT News in Jackson.

Paramedics took Williams to a hospital, where he is now alive and stabilized.

The coroner who checked Williams, Dexter Howard, said that Williams’ pacemaker may have restarted the the hospice patient's heart.

In an interview with WAPT, Williams' nephew Eddie Hester said, "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."

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