78-year-old Walter Williams, described by family members as a “fighter”, appeared to have died in his Lexington, Mississippi home on February 26, 2013. The coroner arrived at the home and finding no pulse, pronounced him dead. Family members watched as emergency personnel “put him in a body bag and zipped it up”.
Williams was then transported to Porter and Sons Funeral Home where his “body” laid in storage throughout the night. Thursday morning, funeral home workers began preparing to embalm Williams when suddenly, he started to kick in the body bag struggling to release himself from the enclosure.
Nephew Eddie Hester said he received a call from a cousin who said simply, “Not yet”. Confused, the nephew asked, “What do you mean not yet?” to which the cousin replied, “Daddy is still here.”
Paramedics took Williams to a local hospital where he was stabilized and “happy to be alive”. Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard told reporters he had never seen anything like it and calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams survived being stored in a body bag.