LIFE after death is real and the afterlife “definitely exists”, according to a man who suffered a near-death experience (NDE).
Scientists are yet to find proof the afterlife is real but many people are certain life does not end with death. In particular, many people who have gone through so-called near-death experiences (NDEs) claim to have caught a glimpse of what awaits on the other side. One man who gave his name as Brom told the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) how he nearly died 45-years ago.
He said: “I was swimming when I injured my back, that paralysed from the shoulders down.
“I was transported to the hospital where they admitted me.
“I had been fitted with a trachea tube in my throat and was placed in a circle bed to prevent pressure sores.”
According to Brom, his trachea tube got caught on his bedsheets and was yanked out of his throat.
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He soon saw himself “engulfed in heavenly light” while “being propelled forward”.
As this was happening, Brom said he could hear the loud sound of rushing wind.
Brom said: “After some moments of awe and wonder, I realized that my consciousness had been separated from my body.
“Instinctively, I struggled to return to my body by sending messages to those parts of my body.
“I tried to shrug my shoulders, blink my eyes, and turning my head, but did not seem to have any effect at first.
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“Unknown to me, a doctor was with me at the time.”
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Brom said he was resuscitated by the doctor who also re-fitted his trachea tube.
After that, he said the sensation of being separated from his body faded away.
Since the incident, which supposedly occurred on September 4, 1975, Brom said the light he saw was “God made manifest”.
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He said: “An afterlife definitely exists. that life is a constant, there is no before or after on the conscious level.”
Many scientists, however, believe there are natural explanations for what happened to Brom.
People who go through NDEs often recall seeing bright lights, tunnels or hearing voices.
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, these could be symptoms of the brain scanning itself.
He said during an OZ Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
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“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
In the UK, the NHS does not consider NDEs to be genuine instances of death.
Instead, 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.”