Walter Williams, man declared dead, wakes up in body bag

Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

Mississippi man Walter Williams, 78, was about to be embalmed

Mississippi man Walter Williams, 78, has died two weeks after he was pronounced dead and woke up in a body bag at a funeral home just before he was about to be embalmed. (Shutterstock)

Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.

The coroner was called to Williams' home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.

Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m. local time.

Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag.

Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams' pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he's happy to be alive.