A young man on his first day working in a funeral home starts unzipping a body bag containing a newly delivered corpse, then the corpse starts kicking the bag from inside. Yikes!
But this scene had pretty much actually occurred in real life recently at the Porter and Sons funeral home in Lexington, Mississippi. Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard had received a phone call from relatives of 78-year-old Walter Williams asking him to confirm what appeared to be his in-home natural death. Dexter obliged and arrived at around 9:00 p.m. on February 26 to confirm that Walter was without pulse and, indeed, dead.
One of Walter’s nephews, Eddie Hester, had arrived at Walter’s house to witness the funeral home workers pick up Walter’s body, place it into a body bag and zip it up. That was close to 10:30 p.m. that night. Then, a few hours later, around 2:30 a.m., Eddie got a call from his cousin who said, “Not yet.”
“What do you mean not yet?” demanded Eddie.
“Daddy still here,” his cousin declared.
Just prior to that, Walter had started kicking the body bag from within, as funeral home workers were preparing to embalm him. He was rushed to the ER at the Holmes County Hospital and treated accordingly. Everyone is mystified, some calling it a miracle. But the coroner, Dexter Howard, thinks that maybe his pacemaker had temporarily failed and then restarted.
But there was little reportage on that. There are three basic types of pacemakers. Exactly what type Walter was using and whether it went into the body bag with him or not was not included with any details in any of the many sources for this unusual story. Walter is on the way out. Perhaps he had a peek at the afterlife from his near-death experience, perhaps not.
At 78 years of age, he’s not far from his departure from this realm. Not long ago in Columbia, South America, a child coming into this world did not survive her premature death, but she was later discovered breathing in the hospital morgue.
The miracle child birth
Jenny Hurtado had delivered a baby by C-Section in the San Francisco de Asis hospital of Quibdo, Choco, Columbia, after only 27 weeks of gestation. This was a very premature baby girl, and she was pronounced dead 35 minutes after the cesarean. She was wrapped in a blanket and taken to the hospital morgue. The father arrived 10 hours later at the hospital morgue to pick up the body.
But then it was noticed that the baby was making slight crying noises and some movement. She was now alive! It was speculated that the warmth from the blankets used to wrap her had helped revive her.
Since the external equipment for maintaining a premature birth experiencing respiratory distress syndrome, common in premature babies with less than 34 weeks gestation, was unavailable at the local hospital, she was rushed to a major hospital in Columbia’s capital city of Bogota, where the necessary equipment was available for babies’ respiratory distress syndrome.
According to one of the Bogota hospital’s physicians, Dr. Javier Zagarra, it’s understandable how the almost imperceptible vital signs of life in a premature baby could be missed, especially in an underequipped hospital.
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