Walter Williams, a 78-year-old farmer and hospice patient from Lexington, Miss., was pronounced dead at his home Wednesday night and transported to Porter and Sons Funeral Home in Lexington for embalming.
USA Today reported that as the staff at Porter and Sons was getting ready to begin the embalming process, they discovered Williams was still alive – and kicking – inside his zipped up body bag in the early morning hours of Feb. 27.
No-one can explain with certainty how Williams seemingly came back to life, except to say that five hours after being declared dead, the elderly man woke up inside that 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 said.
The attending coroner, Dexter Howard, declared Williams deceased after checking his pulse on the evening of Feb. 26.
"I did my part in checking him, I filed my paperwork, and we were ready to make the removal," Howard said.
"We got him to the funeral home, and into the embalming room and noticed the kicking, and he began to breathe."
Eddie Hester, Williams' nephew, was with his uncle and watched as paramedics placed Williams in the body bag, zipped it up, and left for the funeral home.
But five hours later at the funeral home, according to WAPT, the coroner had to dial 911 for an ambulance to pick up Williams. Sheriff March said, “They picked him up, assuming he was dead, and now he’s alive.”
Coroner Howard said that one possible explanation for Williams’ coming back from the dead is that his “pacemaker may have stopped working and then started up again.”
Williams’ nephew is just happy to have his uncle back.
"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," Hester said.
For more on Williams' surprising recovery, see the video accompanying this article.
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