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dateline: 04 March 2014

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Man Wakes Up In Body Bag

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • pronounce: to make a formal announcement
  • body bag: a bag used to transport and store a dead body
  • mortician: a person who prepares a dead body for burial
  • embalmment: special treatment of a dead body to prevent decay
  • pulse: rhythmical beating from the contraction of the arteries
  • corpse: dead body
  • pacemaker: a medical device that is implanted under a person’s skin to maintain a steady heartbeat

Man Wakes Up In Body Bag

An elderly man who had been pronounced dead at a home last week, woke up in a body bag in a funeral home. Morticians were preparing Walter Williams’s embalmment when they noticed movement coming from the bag. They the bag and, instead of a corpse, found a 78-year-old man who was kicking and breathing. The coroner had pronounced Williams dead after being to find a pulse. The coroner’s office has since stated that Williams’s pacemaker stopped working and then started again. it was a mistake or a miracle, Walter Williams’s family is happy to have him back.

  1. Where did the elderly man wake up?
  2. Who pronounced the man dead?
  3. According to the report, what may have brought the man back to life?

Discussion Question: Is being buried alive your worst nightmare? What fears do you have about dying?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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