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Miss. man thought dead wakes in body bag

LEXINGTON, Miss. — Workers at a Mississippi funeral home said they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

The Holmes County coroner, Dexter Howard, calls it a miracle that Walter Williams, 78, is alive. The coroner was called to Williams’s home in Lexington, where family members believed he had died. He said Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.

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

Relatives were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard said he believes Williams’ pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

Williams, a farmer, told relatives he’s happy to be alive.

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