A Mississippi funeral home was about to embalm 78-year-old Walter Williams when he started kicking to get out of the body bag.
Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard checked Williams’ pulse at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and declared he was dead of natural causes.
Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm his body early Thursday when Williams began moving.
Howard says he believes Williams’ pace maker stopped working and then started up again.
"I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up," Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told WAPT. “At 2:30, my cousin called me and said, ‘Not yet.’ I said ‘What do you mean not yet?’ And he said Dad is still here.”
Paramedics rushed Williams to a hospital, where he told family Thursday night he’s happy to be alive.
“I don't know how long he's going to be here, but I know he's back right now. That's all that matters," Hester said.