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Comatose patients 'internally awakened' as they died, study finds

By T.K. Randall
May 4, 2023 · Comment icon 1 comment

Can a comatose brain 'wake up' as it dies ? Image Credit: Pixabay / sciencefreak
Researchers found signs of 'conscious-like' brain activity in patients who passed away while in a coma.
Seeing events flashing before your eyes, observing a bright light at the end of a tunnel or feeling as though you are floating above your own body are just some of the things commonly described by patients who have had a near-death experience.

But what exactly is the experience of someone who dies while in a comatose state ?

In a recent study, researchers analyzed EEG brain scans recorded during the final moments of four patients who were comatose and unresponsive after suffering from suspected seizures.

Their findings were surprising - two of the patients exhibited an increase in heart rate followed by a surge in brain activity associated with consciousness.
According to study leader Jimo Borjiginof the University of Michigan, this could indicate that the patients had been 'internally awakened' at that time.

"How vivid experience can emerge from a dysfunctional brain during the process of dying is a neuroscientific paradox," he said.

"We saw potential neuro-signatures of consciousness."

"It may be activating internal covert consciousness, bringing out memories of the past, it could be a brain survival mechanism, we don't know."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (1)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by qxcontinuum 12 months ago
It is very interesting as I just discussed this with my daughter. After years of reading testimonials provided by so many sick and near death people, I truly believe our brains are doors to an unknown world or realm our consciousness , soul, energy , whatever you want to call it, is transposed to. We get glimpses of it when we're alive and dream on. The ultimate effort made by our brain to create a world where time doesn't exist and that is according to how we lived our lives : good or bad, magical or nightmarish seems to be demonstrated more so through discoveries like this.  Simple said? Wh... [More]

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