LIFE after death is real, at least according to a man who claims to have met Jesus Christ during a near-death experience (NDE).
A man who only introduced himself as Edward believes he visited the afterlife after suffering a heart attack in 2012. According to Edwards’s account, he was in midtown Manhattan Park, New York, when his heart began to hurt and he found it difficult to breathe. After he laid down on the grass, he felt a strong and painful force pulling down on him.
Edward said: “It felt as if it was trying to drag me to hell. But It seemed a million times stronger than gravity itself.
“I started fighting this force by moving my body/soul left to right and trying to escape from its grip.
“I noticed that the more I fought this force, the more the pain increased. The pain was unbearable.”
It was then he realised he had died and had entered a “spirit realm”.
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Edward said: “The afterlife is so real that it makes this world seem fake.
“I figured that I had no other option but to just give up.”
Edward then looked up and was overwhelmed by a light that appeared to be staring right at him.
He said: “The light was 10,000 brighter than the Sun, yet I could look straight at it. The light was literally made of love.
“Everything I ever wanted was with the light and the light was Jesus Christ himself. I just knew it was him.”
Edward was eventually resuscitated and he recalls being taken to hospital.
And although his NDE memories are incredible, many medical experts would argue they were not supernatural in nature.
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, many people who have had NDEs have similar memories and experiences.
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He said: “A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.
“They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.
“Some of them describe a sensation where they review everything that they have done.”
Some experts speculate NDEs are hallucinations caused by insufficient oxygen flowing to the brain.
In the UK, the NHS does not consider NDEs to be genuine cases of a person dying.
The NHS said: “A more accepted definition of death is when brain stem death occurs, which is when all neural activity in the deepest brain ceases.
“While it is possible to keep the heart functioning using life support systems, a person with brain stem death has permanently lost the potential for consciousness.
“The existence of an ‘afterlife’ remains a matter of belief, not scientific proof.”