'Dead' man wakes up in body bag
Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30
A 78-year-old man who had been declared dead woke up in a body bag in which he had been zipped up, ready for embalming.
Walter Williams was declared dead at his home in Mississippi in the US, after a coroner could not find a pulse, and he was moved to a funeral home.
But a few hours later, as undertakers were preparing to embalm his body, they were startled when he began kicking inside the bag.
Finding Mr Williams alive, they rushed him to hospital.
"I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it's a miracle," said Willie March, the county sheriff.
The coroner later speculated that Mr Williams's pacemaker had stopped working temporarily, prompting the coroner to be called, and then started again.
Eddie Hester, Mr Williams's nephew, said: "I don't know how long he is going to be here but I know he is back [with us] right now, and that's all that matters."
Pictures on local television showed Mr Williams looking frail in hospital, but family members said he had told them he was glad to be alive. (© Daily Telegraph, London)