Walter Williams, the man from Mississippi, who was pronounced dead just last month and put in a body bag only to come out of it alive just before he was embalmed at the funeral home he was sent to, has now really died, declared a Mississippi coroner on Thursday. The elderly Williams, aged 78, was declared dead at around 1 a.m. local time in Lexington, Mississippi. The cause was not realized to the public.
His actual death occurred just two weeks after he began breathing and kicking while inside a body bag at the mortuary he had been dropped off at after he was stated as being deceased then, explained Dexter Howard, the Holmes County Coroner. His story went viral after it was released to the public. Employees at the Porter and Sons Funeral Home were starting to prepare everything in order to get ready to embalm Williams when he began moving around.
Williams nephew explained that after his uncle was examined by the coroner, they pronounced him as being dead, placed him inside a body bag, zipped him up and then put him inside the hearse and left.
This incredible story first began when the older man, who was the father of 11 children, grandfather to 15, and great-grandfather of six, started getting hospice care in late February due to congestive heart failure and several other illnesses. On Feb. 27, it was believed that Williams had died at home and Coroner Howard mistakenly confirmed that Williams had indeed passed away after neither he himself nor the nurses present were able to find any sort of pulse.
When questioned, hospital representatives as well agreed that Williams also appeared to have been experiencing the effects of severe hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Such a condition, when joined together with his many medications, would have made it very hard to find a pulse and could have caused him to fall into a very deep sleep, so profound that it might have looked like he was dead.
Williams, who went by the nicknames “Snow” or “Snowball” due to the fact he was born during an unusual Mississippi blizzard, was able to take the entire experience in stride and let all his family know that when his time came for real, to please just let him go. His daughter explained that he had said it was all according to the Lord; it was in his hands now. Everyone just has to accept it.
Paramedics were called and Williams was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was examined and then released a couple of days later. The physicians there also stated that the elderly man’s pacemaker might have temporarily stopped working and then started up again for some reason.
One of Williams’s daughters explained that God had given them a little more with their father, and they were very happy about that, after Williams was able to come back to his house from the hospital. The coroner Dexter Howard, who pronounced Williams deceased both times, called the first go-round nothing short of a miracle. The elderly man’s nephew shook his head when asked and spoke quietly that he did not think his uncle was coming back this time, that this one was for good.
Repeating, Walter Williams, the man from Mississippi, who was pronounced dead just last month and put in a body bag only to come out of it alive just before he was embalmed at the funeral home he was sent to, has now actually passed away for real, declared the same Mississippi coroner that said he was dead once before. However this time, it is fact the elderly man has passed away.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Chicago Tribune