Scientists at the University of Southampton have spent four years examining more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria.
Nearly 40 per cent of survivors described some kind of awareness during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted.
Despite being unconscious and dead for three minutes, one 57-year-old man recalled what the nursing staff did in detail and described the sound of the machines.
A former research fellow at Southampton University, now at the State University of New York, led the study. He said the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped beating, so he believes the brain can’t function. Yet, in this case, conscious awareness appeared to have continued for up to three minutes into that period.
The 57-year-old patient described everything that occurred in the room, including two bleeps from a machine that sounds at three minute intervals, which shows how long the experienced lasted.
Of 2060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated, including a bright ray of sunshine. Drugs? Hallucinations? The joy of regaining life?
Okay. I admit that's not a great percentage to prove life after death exists.
A research psychologist and Nottingham Trent University is compiling data on out-of-body experiences in an attempt to discover a pattern linking each episode. He hopes the latest research will encourage new studies into the controversial topic. See more at The Telegraph.
Why bother striving for excellence if all we've achieved dies with us?
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Each one of us has an opinion on this subject that affects us so fundamentally. After all, we don't want to think that when we die, our essence is snuffed out like a candle flame.