Walter Williams was declared dead after collapsing at his home in Mississippi, US, and the local coroner was unable to find a pulse.
His grief-stricken family members then made the decision to send the 78-year-old's body to the local mortuary. However, funeral staff received a huge shock when the body bag started to move.
Mr Williams was actually still alive and, regaining consciousness and finding himself in a closed body bag, was kicking in an attempt to free himself.
Coroner Dexter Howard described the incident as a "miracle" and believes that Mr Williams' pacemaker had stopped working while his pulse was checked, then started again a short while later.
His family was immediately informed that they hadn't lost their loved one and Williams told family members that he is happy to still be alive.