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Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

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A Mississippi man who was declared dead woke up in a body bag at a funeral home.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said he went out to a home in Lexington, Miss. on Wednesday because Walter Williams' family members believed he had died.

The 78-year-old farmer had no pulse or heartbeat, Howard said.

The body was taken to a funeral home. Then a few hours later when workers were getting ready to embalm him, Williams started to move.

"After they got through checking him, the coroner, they pronounced him dead and put him in a plastic bag. Zipped him up and took him, put him in the hearse and they left," said Eddie Hester, Williams' nephew.

"The mortician said something wasn't right. His leg started movie," added Martha Lewis, his daughter.

Howard said he believes the man's pacemaker stopped working and then started up again.

Williams is now recovering in the hospital. Family members said he told them he is happy to be alive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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