New York University Grossman School of Medicine shared a new report in which revived patients shared their surprising “after-death experiences.”
These 53 patients had suffered cardiac arrests and had been resuscitated after cardiopulmonary resuscitation at 25 hospitals located in the US and the UK. Of these 53, 40% reported having conscious memories or thoughts.
“I remember seeing my dad,” said one patient who had plateaued before.
“I remember a being of light… standing near me. He loomed over me like a great tower of strength, but he only radiated warmth and love,” another survivor shared.
While doctors previously assumed there was little or no brain activity after about 10 minutes of cardiac arrest, this new research puts a new angle on this theory.
Dr. Sam Parnia, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health, told the Post: “Signs of normal and near-normal brain activity are found up to an hour after resuscitation.”
“Not only were we able to show the markers of lucid consciousness, but we were also able to demonstrate that these experiences are unique and universal. They are different from dreams, illusions and deceptions.”
Although the patients asked that their identity not be revealed, these were some of the experiences they shared.
‘They showed me the consequences of my life, thousands of people I had interacted with and I felt what they felt about me, they saw their lives and how I had impacted them. Then I saw the consequences of my life and the influence of my actions,” one patient recalled.
‘They asked me if I wanted to come home… or if I wanted to come back here. I told them that my two children needed me and that I had to return. Suddenly I found myself back in my body feeling like my sore joints were burning with pain,” another anonymous patient shared.
According to Dr. Sam, “There are usually braking systems that prevent us from accessing all parts of our brain, but as the brain shuts down to preserve itself, the brakes are removed.”
That’s when people “activate other parts of the brain that have been inactive. You gain access to all of your consciousness and things you normally can’t access, all of your emotions, feelings, thoughts and memories.”
“These are not hallucinations. “They are very real experiences that occur in death,” she added.