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'Dead' man zipped up in body bag surprises doctors and family by being alive

Walter "Snowball" Williams was confirmed dead and then alive again by an Ohio coroner. Photo: WBTV

A man who was pronounced dead and zipped up in a body bag has surprised medical professionals and family members by not being dead after all.

A coroner in Holmes County, Mississippi, said Walter "Snowball" Williams, 78, had died on Wednesday night but started moving a few hours later.

"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.

Two hours later, a funeral director rang the family to say that something wasn't right.

"His legs started moving," William's daughter Martha Lewis explained.

Relatives rushed back to the hospital to see what the coroner is describing as a "miracle" for themselves.

"Then we had just stopped talking, and he told us 'what did you all stop talking for?' Hallelujah, thank you, Jesus!"

Byron Porter, from the Lexington funeral home, said that this is the first time he's ever seen a case like this one. "He was not dead, long story short," said Porter.

The family's reaction on local television was one of understandable elation: