Early Thursday morning, funeral home workers were no doubt finally given a rational reason to have the fear that a dead body would rise again, when they found a "dead" man alive and literally kicking inside a body bag.
|Somebody call Monty Python.|
After finding Walter Williams alive, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home in Lexington, Mississippi quckly called the Holmes County Sheriff.
Williams was due to be embalmed later that morning.
Sheriff Willie March talking to WAPT:
"I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it's a miracle."
You could call it a miracle, others might call it ineptitude.
How did this happen? At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday night the county coroner pronounced Williams dead after he failed to find a pulse. Later that night he was taken to a funeral home.
Williams nephew Eddie Hester to WAPT:
"I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zipped it up."
Four hours later, Hester got a call. "That was at 10:30, and at 2:30, my cousin called me and said, 'Not yet,' and I said, 'What you mean not yet?' He said, 'Daddy still here,'" Hester said.
Workers found Williams after they heard him kicking from inside the body bag, not necessarily the best place to wake up. Williams was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition. For now, the coroner places the blame not on themselves, but on Williams' pacemaker. It could have stopped momentarily to give the lack of pulse, then started up again.
Williams is happy to be alive, according to his nephew. Despite everyone trying to convince him he was dead.
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