Luckiest dead guy in Mississippi

A Mississippi man has been found literally alive and kicking in a body bag at a funeral home after being declared dead…Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Walter Williams on Thursday when he moved.

A coroner pronounced the 78-year-old dead after finding no pulse when he was called to Mr Williams’ home in the city of Lexington on the previous evening.

It is thought that his pacemaker may have temporarily stopped working.

Holmes County coroner Dexter Howard told the BBC he was called to Mr Williams’ home by a hospice nurse, who said the man had passed away.

Mr Howard said he went through the “normal procedure” of checking for Mr Williams’ vital signs, but found none.

Mr Williams was taken to Porter and Sons Funeral Home and was being prepared for embalming when “we noticed there was some kicking and moving going on”, Mr Howard said…

The farmer and school board employee was taken to a hospital for treatment, where Mr Howard visited him…

Mr Howard said he had never seen anything like this in more than two decades as a coroner…”It’s an unusual case,” he said. “I hope he keeps on keeping on.”

Phew! Ain’t nothing miraculous; but, I begin to wonder if there might be a few more tests thrown in before folks are declared dead. I read stories like with daunting frequency.

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2 comments

  1. Rod Usher

    “To be buried while alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality. That it has frequently, very frequently, so fallen will scarcely be denied by those who think. The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” Edgar Allan Poe, “The Premature Burial” (1850) http://poestories.com/read/premature
    Taphophobia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_being_buried_alive

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