Reuters, Published February 28 2014
VIDEO: Miss. man who awoke in body bag in funeral home doesn't remember what happened
"He was not dead, long story short," funeral director Byron Porter told local TV station WAPT.
The man, 78-year-old Walter Williams, had been pronounced dead on Wednesday after the coroner arrived at his home in Lexington and found no pulse. Williams was then taken to the funeral home.
"I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up," Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told the broadcaster.
But at the funeral home, Williams began to breathe and kick, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said in an interview. Howard said Williams has a defibrillator that may have fired up his heart again.
Paramedics picked Williams up from the funeral home and took him to an area hospital, where he has been receiving treatment.
His daughter said that Williams, who was nicknamed "Snowball" because he was born during a rare Mississippi snowstorm, was in stable condition on Friday and had been talking with family members.
"He said he thought he was asleep," Mary Williams said of her father's account of what happened. "Then he woke up in the hospital. He doesn't remember any of it, really."