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Walter Williams alive: Dead four hours, Williams comes alive in coroner body bag

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Walter Williams has some life left in him yet. The 78-year-old Williams was declared dead Wednesday night. The Lexington, Mississippi coroner arrived, called Walter’s time of death, zipped him into a bag and transported him to the funeral home to ready his body for funeral preparations. Walter had other plans.

According to ABC News on Friday, despite being dead for four hours, Walter revived and began kicking his feet inside of the body bag, giving Holmes County, Miss. Coroner Dexter Howard the fright of his life.

"There was no pulse. He was lifeless," Howard said.

Williams died in his home under hospice care. When he passed, family was called, and arrangements were made for the coroner to transport Walter’s body to the Porter & Sons Funeral Home in Lexington. At 9 p.m., Howard performed his required checks and indeed knew that Walter had died.

A the funeral home, Howard was just about to begin the embalming process when...

"We got him into the embalming room and we noticed his legs beginning to move, like kicking," Howard said. "He also began to do a little breathing."

Paramedics were immediately called and transported Walter to the Holmes County Hospital and Clinics.

"They were in shock,” Howard said of the paramedics. “I was in shock. I think everybody at the hospital was in shock.”

The miracle notion aside, how could this “resurrection” happen? Howard believes Williams' defibrillator, implanted in his chest, somehow jump-started his heart. Sort of like popping a clutch on an old automobile.

"It could've kicked in, started his heart back," Howard said. "The bottom line is it's a miracle."

Family members, as you can imagine, are overjoyed.

"So it was not my daddy's time," daughter Martha Lewis told CNN affiliate WJTV. "I don't know how much longer he's going to grace us and bless us with his presence, but hallelujah, we thank Him right now!"

Howard visited Williams on Thursday at the hospital and said he was still "a little weak" but “Snowball,” as he is nicknamed by his family members, was alert and talking about his ordeal.



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