A Mississippi man sent shockwaves around the world when he stirred back to life in his body bag after he was pronounced dead. No this isn’t another sappy movie, this is in fact reality.
Holmes County, Mississippi Coroner Dexter Howard has confirmed that Walter Williams, who was declared dead Wednesday night, came back to life.
Howard first received a call from William’s hospice nurse, who told Howard that the 87-year-old had died Wednesday. A family member confirmed his passing as well, saying the same, Howard said.
Howard and Bryon Porter from Porter & Sons Funeral Home in Lexington, Mississippi, drove to the Williams home to collect the deceased for funeral preparations. Howard himself checked William’s pulse at about 9 p.m. and pronounced him dead.
“There was no pulse. He was lifeless,” Howard said.
The coroner finished his paperwork, and then stored Williams in a body bag to transport him to the funeral home, he said. Then something bizarre happened, something no one would ever expect unless watching a cheesy horror movie. The body bag moved slightly.
“We got him into the embalming room and we noticed his legs beginning to move, like kicking,” Howard said. “He also began to do a little breathing.”
They immediately called an ambulance after the stir. Paramedics arrived to the scene and hooked Williams up to monitors. Miraculously, he had a heartbeat, so they transported him to the Holmes county Hospital and Clinics.
Never in his 12 years as county coroner or as his decade as deputy coroner has Howard seen anything like that. He says he was certain Williams was dead.
The only explanation he can think of at this time is that Williams defibrillator, implanted beneath the skin on his chest, jump-started his heart back to life after he was placed in the body bag.
“So it was not my daddy’s time,” daughter Martha Lewis told CNN affiliate WJTV. “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!”