Dead Man Wakes Up Before Embalming

By: Tina Volpe - February 28, 2014

Imagine the surprise on the face of the mortician when a man who was just about to undergo embalming, woke up and started kicking in his body bag.

It happened in Lexington, Mississippi when Wednesday night, Walter Williams, 78, appeared dead, and the coroner pronounced him dead at 10:30 pm. Unfortunately, he spent the night in that body bag, because it wasn’t until Thursday morning that he let the world know he was alive.

Just as the funeral workers were getting ready to embalm him, he started kicking inside the bag, as if he knew what was about to happen.

Porter and Sons Funeral Home staff rushed Mr. Williams, a former farmer and school worker, to the hospital after they realized he wasn’t dead. The manager of the funeral home said: “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

When the coroner spoke to TV channel WAPTV he confirmed he had checked Mr Williams pulse and found no heartbeat, declaring him dead at 10.30pm on Wednesday.

He also stated that William’s pacemaker may have stopped working and then re-started, which could explain his pulse stopping.

“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.

“It’s a miracle,” Williams’ nephew Eddie Hester said in an interview. “I don’t know how long he’s gonna be here, but right now he’s here, and the whole family is glad.”

Williams was reportedly in the hospital breathing without the help of a respirator, but is too weak to talk, his nephew said.

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  • Linda Semple Hendrix

    now what if he had been buried and couldn’t be rescued.? that is why i am insisting on embalming.

    • melissasmom

      Darn right Linda. Once your blood is drained and the chemical starts flowing you are dead for sure.