Walter Williams is alive despite being pronounced dead. The 78-year-old man was under hospice care when he stopped breathing and the coroner came in to examine him. On Feb. 28, Huffington Post reported that Williams was placed into a body bag and brought to a funeral home for embalming. However, Mr. Williams moved his leg, startling funeral home workers -- he was alive after all.
"Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m. Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag," reports Huffington Post.
How was Walter Williams alive? Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard believes that Williams' pacemaker "stopped working" for an unknown amount of time. This would have made his pulse stop and this could have been why he was pronounced dead when he really wasn't. However, being "dead" for a short amount of time is rare and can be dangerous -- his "second" life may really be a miracle.
As previously reported, Williams' family isn't searching for answers just yet. They are happy that they get to spend a bit more time with their loved one. It's unclear if there will be an investigation of any kind or if pacemakers are known to just "stop working" and then start back up again.
For now, Walter Williams is alive and that's more than alright with him.
© Effie Orfanides 2014