LIFE after death is real, at least according to a woman who claims to have been surrounded by «warm, pure light» following a swimming accident.
Scientists are yet to find any evidence of life after death, but many people already believe an afterlife exists. One woman, who gave her name as Theresa, claims to have left her own body after drowning when she was seven-years-old. Theresa shared her incredible story with the Near Death Experience Foundation (NDERF).
She said: «As I grabbed for a pool noodle — floatation device — it slipped away from me. I panicked, wailed, and splashed around.
«I tried three times to reach the surface. The water in my mouth and throat kept me from screaming, ‘Help me!’
«I felt a fear like nothing I had ever known. Pure terror took hold of me as a million thoughts rushed my mind.»
Theresa said she then felt as if she slipped into a deep sleep.
However, she said she could see herself floating at the bottom of the pool.
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She said: «My hair covered my face and my arms where limp as they were suspended in front of me.
«The rainbow colours of my suit were brighter than ever before.
«I immediately knew it was me. Yet, I was not her anymore because I was watching me.
«I felt so peaceful, everything was ok, and a certainty came over me like I had never felt in my young life.»
Theresa said she then felt as if she was being pulled upwards and away from her own body.
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She was then engulfed in «warm, pure light».
She said: It felt like a hug from a true mother. It was beautiful serenity.»
The next thing she knew, is she was being resuscitated by an emergency medical technician.
The woman said: «These are some of the most vivid memories I have ever had.»
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However, the experience appears to be a common one among people who went through so-called near-death experiences (NDEs).
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, NDEs are possibly explained by the brain scanning itself during the traumatic experience.
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.»
The NHS does not consider NDEs to be true examples 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.»