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‘Dead man’ kicks his way out of body bag

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LEXINGTON, Miss. (WAPT) -  A Mississippi man who was declared dead woke up in a body bag at a funeral home, reported WAPT TV.

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

Hester said the coroner told the family he checked Williams' pulse around 9 p.m. Wednesday and pronounced the man dead with no heartbeat. The coroner helped move Williams to the funeral home where workers were preparing to embalm him when he started to move.

Funeral home manager Byron Porter said he had never seen anything like this before, a man in a body bag kicking to get out.

"We definitely were not going to do anything to him once we saw that he was not deceased," Porter said.

Paramedics rushed Williams to the hospital were he is under the supervision of doctors.


  • snogale

    idk how this happened? but from a religious standpoint, this seriously has to make you believe that a god or some higher being does do miracles and is out there. now from a reality standpoint, it must have been some error or something cuz this is just impossible.

  • Ken

    Maybe there were two people in the bed to save money. They checked the pulse of the wrong person. My X would freak at this story. She feared being buried alive. Claustrophobic.

  • Pam Adams Atkins

    Humans make mistakes. The odd thing about this story three people or more believed this man to be dead. First, did the nephew find the body? Did he call 911? Someone obviously found his body and thought he was dead. Most people don’t find a dead body and not call a first responder. So the nephew and first responder thought he was dead. EMT’s don’t declare someone dead even if they are cold a Dr or Coroner have to assess vitals and find none to declare them dead. Then the funeral home was called and actually put him in a body bag, zipped him up, and transported him. That is a lot of people (professionals who’s job it is to know a dead body) to make the huge mistake of pronouncing someone dead. The news anchor mentioned a pacemaker may have stopped working and then started…that’s doesn’t make sense. A pacemaker is not a defibrillator(the equipment used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm) it sends a signal out to correct a heart rhythm. No heart rhythm then the pacemaker wouldn’t bring someone back to life after being dead for an extended period. I hope we hear more on this story.

    • I've seen it happen

      Emts actually do pronounce people dead. That’s why some families have to call the funeral home and have the body removed from the home.

  • Moe-tiqua Johnson

    that’s crazy, what’s even more crazy is that I read a story about a little boy around age 4 a while back died, I don’t know how he died but the family was having his funeral all of a sudden he just woke upe from his casket and asked for a glass of water and laid back down, now I don’t remmeber the full details of it but the family was so shocked they called 911 or emt’s and they pronounced the boy officially dead, but just that thought of that happening is really sum crazy and scary shit!! ya’ll google the story.

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