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First evidence of 'life after death' found ?

By T.K. Randall
October 8, 2014 · Comment icon 62 comments

Does our spirit live on after our body dies ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
An extensive new medical study has found tantalising evidence that awareness may continue after we die.
In the largest study of its kind, scientists at the University of Southampton examined more than 2,000 cases from hospitals in the US, UK and Austria of people who had suffered a cardiac arrest before being successfully resuscitated.

What they found was that in as many as 40 percent of cases the subject recalled maintaining some level of awareness during the period of time in which they would have been clinically dead.

In one particularly interesting case, a 57-year-old man vividly recalled floating up above his body for three minutes while observing medical staff attempting to save him. He was later able to recall explicit details about what they had been doing and about the sounds that he had heard around him.
"We know the brain canít function when the heart has stopped beating," said study leader Dr Sam Parnia. "But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasnít beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. "

A significant number of patients also reported the typical 'tunnel of light' vision described during near-death experiences as well as a sense of overwhelming peacefulness.

Dr Parnia believes that many more patients may experience such things but are unable to remember due to the drugs or sedatives used by doctors during efforts to resuscitate them.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (62)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #53 Posted by Oxo1 9 years ago
One can't really imagine what it's like lying in a bed waiting to die, but rest assured my sights will be firmly set on my anticipation of the afterlife.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Peter B 9 years ago
...do we really see Jesus?... Might be a bit confusing for Muslims, Hindus and followers of other religions...
Comment icon #55 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
It's maybe like the Vorlons from Babylon 5. There is a being there, but you see what you expect to see. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorlon
Comment icon #56 Posted by joc 9 years ago
Where Do the trains go?
Comment icon #57 Posted by Rlyeh 9 years ago
this proved God existed.,,,,,,,,,............ spirits are true there are just around us.. this will justify that death is not the end....... I pretty sure the study has nothing to do with God.
Comment icon #58 Posted by AlienDan 9 years ago
Might be a bit confusing for Muslims, Hindus and followers of other religions... Why? What they usually experience is just a result of their own beleifs and experiences, further evidence that it's all in the brain. http://www.near-death.com/hindu.html
Comment icon #59 Posted by SpiritWalker7 9 years ago
Nevermind, I accidently quoted myself. Pardon.
Comment icon #60 Posted by SpiritWalker7 9 years ago
I keep a dose of salt around in these subjects, no matter having experienced something myself. About 4 or 5 years ago, when I was in a deeply addictive non-caring state-I drank a whole quart of codeine based cough syrup.. I was pretty insane back then and knew how to get messed up; Saying that, I really wanted to get high and trip, still being subconsciously depressed. (I had an addiction to DXM before then and felt alive like a zombie on the highest of plateaus). I managed my addiction and deleted it from my life. I ended up over-dosing on this codeine. All I remember is blackness and a feeli... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by joc 9 years ago
Maybe death and our afterlife is different for all of us. Who knows? Well, it is certainly true that Life is different for all of us. But, in the conversation of life, I feel a need to say again: Life feeds on life...literally. Life must consume life in order to stay alive. Actually, Life is a parasite of Life. I do not think awareness continues after the physical body dies. It makes zero sense to me that it would. If Awareness were a separate thing from the Body...then why do we even need a body? It is the brain that gives us the Awareness we have...without that...there isn't any.
Comment icon #62 Posted by ChaosRose 9 years ago
As a non-Christian I find her story culturally based. That is a good clue -- now if non-Christian Asians were reporting such things it might be more credible. If there were some higher power that we meet after death, it would be reasonable that it might choose to appear as we might expect it to. If, on the other hand, the experience is entirely generated by us, somehow, then it would also make sense that we would see "god" as we imagine it. That could also explain why some don't have experiences. It does seem like our personal beliefs have a lot to do with this.

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