'Dead' Man Wakes Up —in Body Bag
Walter Williams kicked as workers prepared to embalm him
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2014 11:18 AM CST
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(Newser) – Funeral home workers preparing to embalm a 78-year-old in Mississippi this week were startled when the man's body bag ... started moving. It turns out Walter Williams, um, wasn't as dead as he was supposed to be and was kicking to be unzipped, WAPT reports. Williams was pronounced dead at his home Wednesday night, and "I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zipped it up," Williams' nephew says. Just hours later, however, "my cousin called me and said, 'Not yet,' and I said, 'What you mean not yet?' He said, 'Daddy still here.'"

Per the sheriff, "I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it's a miracle." The running theory is that Williams' pacemaker may have stopped working but then started again. Once the funeral workers noticed the mistake, Williams was rushed to hospital where he greeted relatives, ABC News reports. "I don't know how long he's going to be here, but I know he's back right now. That's all that matters," his nephew says. Of course, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. There was also this, this, and this, to name a few.

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Jul 22, 2014 8:23 AM CDT
It's kind of funny...after reading a bunch of these kinds of stories I had just thought "Man I wouldn't want to get sick in a 'poor' country and end up like that"...then I get to this story from Mississippi and had to laugh. Leave it to the south to be just like a third world country.
Jul 16, 2014 11:01 PM CDT
Family: "What happened?" Coroners office: " It's a miracle" Lol, next time I f**k up at work and someone asks me, what happened, I'm going to use the "It's a miracle" line, and see if it works.
Arthur Machado
Mar 1, 2014 4:52 AM CST
Jahi McMath - we are waiting for you. Oh wait someone with no oxygen supply to their brain can't possibly recover.