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Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies




Mar 13, 2:41 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) -- A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said Walter Williams died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday. The cause was not released.

Williams' story went viral after he was pronounced dead Feb. 26. Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were getting ready to embalm him when Williams started to move.

The father of 11, grandfather of 15, and great-grandfather of six had gone into hospice in late February because of congestive heart failure. He was declared dead by a coroner the first time when neither the coroner nor others, including nurses, could find a pulse.

"After they got through checking him, the coroner, they pronounced him dead and put him in a plastic bag, zipped him up and took him, put him in the hearse and they left," said Eddie Hester, Williams' nephew.

"The mortician said something wasn't right," said Williams' daughter, Martha A. Lewis. "His leg started moving."

Williams was rushed to a hospital and released a few days later. Doctors say a mix of medicines may have caused his vital signs to appear unresponsive.

Family members also said Williams' pacemaker may have stopped working and started again.

"God gave us a little more time with him, and we're happy about that," Mary Williams said after her father got home.

Howard, the coroner, called it a miracle at the time.

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Man Wakes Up in Body Bag at Funeral Home

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Lovemykids March 13 2014 at 6:45 PM

LOL

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rldishteda March 13 2014 at 8:23 PM

In Mississippi, coroners are just elected politicians--no medical degree is required. In fact, some of them are former funeral directors--interesting connection!

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mema91 March 13 2014 at 8:34 PM

Did they get a real live Medical Doctor to make the pronouncement this time. The poor man had congestive heart failure. It is a wonder waking up in a body bag didn't do him in. At least the family got an extra two weeks with him.

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JLS March 13 2014 at 9:07 PM

Absolutely awful! RIP. No more pain and no more crazy experiences. So SAD.

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RouteUS66Busload March 13 2014 at 9:10 PM

At least he got a chance to see his family again for a short while before departing back into eternity?

Hey family member: Sue the doctor for giving him a defective or allowing it to decay pacemaker that goes off and restarts, why not replace it with a new pacemaker when he first woke in the body bag?

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Dale & Deb RouteUS66Busload March 13 2014 at 10:24 PM

I think it really was his time to go but I think a family member went to the King of Kings the Lord of Lords and asked for a little more time. UNSHAKEABL FAITH moves God. It was one of the hardest things for me to learn but I did learn it and got my miracle. pacemakers have been known to keep right on working and a person can be considered dead by a doctor.

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THERESA H. Dale & Deb March 13 2014 at 10:28 PM

God is........................................................AWESOME!!!!!

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regine24 Dale & Deb March 13 2014 at 10:54 PM

If you don't mind me asking, how did you learn how to have unshakeable faith?

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mahrmach March 13 2014 at 9:23 PM

Are they REALLY sure this time?

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Dimples mahrmach March 13 2014 at 9:34 PM

lol...I was thinking the same thing.

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patriotcj March 13 2014 at 11:36 PM

Peace to his family.

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EzinWy March 13 2014 at 10:09 PM

Can we be sure this time ...

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Dale & Deb March 13 2014 at 10:14 PM

I think this man had a loved one (wife, daughter ,son, grandchild) that asked God for a little more time and that person believing that God would do it, saw the miracle come to pass. It is faith that moves God not the need.

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THERESA H. Dale & Deb March 13 2014 at 10:26 PM

I agree. God honors our FAITH in Him. What an awesome God we serve.

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kesubrma March 13 2014 at 10:16 PM

Are You Sure ?????????

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