LIFE after death is definitely real, at least according to a man who claims to have escaped from his body in a near-death experience (NDE).
The man, who said his name is John, recalls a vivid sensation of becoming one with the universe after dying on the operating table in 1998. John shared his extraordinary account with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) where he said he suffered clinical death while under general anaesthesia and couldn’t breathe. According to his account, he experienced a complete and welcoming darkness after drifting back to consciousness and then fading out again.
John said: “I remember hearing the big doors slam, seeing the lights in the hallway, and then nothing, just blackness.
“Then I saw myself floating in a sea of very dark blackness. I felt total love, no judgment, and no negativity at all.
“I heard the doctor talking to the interns about what to do.
“They had tried everything medical, but NOTHING worked because I did not want to come back.”
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John said he had never felt so loved in his life and he did not feel any fear.
He compared the sensation to the day of his graduation when he was “finally free of this life”.
And though he said he did not want to come back down to Earth, the doctors managed to resuscitate him.
John said: “The doctor in charge asked what should be done to bring me back.
“A female voice said to put pressure on the nerves of the points of the jaw. That worked.
“I was so angry that I had no choice in the matter. I did not want to come back.”
Since the bizarre out of body experience, John said he has come around to believing the afterlife is real.
However, many medical experts believe there are natural explanations for the visions experienced during NDEs.
Visions might be caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain or they could be a sign of the brain scanning itself in a moment of trauma.
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According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, many NDEs are characterised by similar sights and sounds.
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.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Institutions like the NHS also do 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.”