Walter Williams: Mississippi man declared dead wakes up in body bag at Porter and Sons Funeral Home

LEXINGTON, Miss. - A Mississippi man declared dead woke up in a body bag at a funeral home.

"I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up,"  Walter Williams' nephew Eddie Hester said.

The coroner said he checked Williams for a pulse around 9 p.m. Wednesday, and later pronounced him dead at his home in Lexington with no heartbeat.

"That was at 10:30," Hester said. "My cousin called me and said 'Not yet' and I said what you mean 'Not yet?' He said 'Daddy still here.'"

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After the coroner helped move Williams to Porter and Sons Funeral Home, workers were getting ready to embalm him when he started to move.

"He was not dead, long story short," funeral home manager Byron Porter said. Porter said he had never seen anything like it before.

Paramedics took Williams to the hospital.

Family members say they're happy he's alive. His daughter Martha Lewis said, "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, right now!"

Information from WJTV and CNN was used in this report.


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