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Woman who 'died' for 24 minutes recalls warm, 'dissolved' sensation

By T.K. Randall
January 2, 2024 · Comment icon 10 comments

Not all near-death experiences are the same. Image Credit: Pixabay / JacksonDavid
A woman from Virginia suffered a seizure eight months ago that saw her heart stop for almost half an hour.
39-year-old Lauren Canaday, who has long suffered from epilepsy, had a life-changing experience early in 2023 when her heart stopped following a grand mal seizure.

Fortunately, her husband found her and was able to perform CPR (which likely saved her life) until the emergency services had arrived on the scene.

Medics continued attempts to revive her as she was rushed to hospital.

In the end, it took a total of 24 minutes for them to bring her back to life with a defibrillator.

Today, she still maintains a vague recollection of the time during which she was technically 'dead'.

"I have this gut feeling that it was friendly and peaceful, even though I can't report any shapes or personas or visions of that time," she said. "I feel like I dissolved, and it was just really nice."
She also reported feeling a lot less stressed and anxious after the experience.

"I remember a lot of very serene moments in and after the hospital, like none of the worries I used to have mattered, and I got insanely excited about things like cheeseburgers," she said.

"Things just felt very simple."

Doctors discovered after she was revived that she had been suffering from Covid-19 and now believe that heart inflammation due to a rare complication of the virus was to blame for her seizure.

"I feel like this is my second life," said Lauren. "I feel like I have two birthdays."

"In my first life, I was very individualistic and strong. In this life, I have a completely different worldview and am comfortable - mostly - with depending on others."

Source: The Messenger | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Tatetopa 3 months ago
When someone's heart stops, it means they will be dead soon if it does not restart.  Almost dead is not the same as totally dead.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tatetopa 3 months ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Procyon 3 months ago
As far as near death experiences go, vague ones like this are a lot more believable to me than the ones where people wake up claiming to have communicated with higher beings or to have been given a full guided tour of the afterlife right off the bat. I do wonder what she'd remember if she went under hypnosis, though.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Whelmar 3 months ago
Not too warm I hope! 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Resume 3 months ago
I'll see that and raise you one.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Occupational Hubris 2 months ago
Oh... the primal urge to be warm and dissolved....
Comment icon #7 Posted by papageorge1 2 months ago
I remember passing out after blood loss. After the initial nauseous agony, it flipped to a state of the most serene, and beautiful bliss I can ever remember experiencing.  My lead theory is that we have an astral/soul body that detaches at the time of what the body interprets as death-like trauma. My trauma was minor, and I returned quickly (almost to disappointment like many NDE people put it).   
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney 2 months ago
24 minutes???? And she isn't a veggie??? I don't know about that. After about 10 minutes you have permanent brain damage. Then the article says she suffered from epilepsy but covid heart inflammation caused her seizure. Heart inflammation doesn't do that. I smell poop.
Comment icon #9 Posted by pellinore 2 months ago
I think as long as oxygenated blood flows through your brain, you can recover. That's why first responder advice is to continue heart compressions and breaths until the paramedics arrive, however long they take. Without heart compressions and oxygen, I think people get brain damage in about 3 minutes. I haven't read the article, so I don't know what happened in this case. CPR isn't hard to learn- link your fingers and use the heel of your hands to give 30 quick hard compressions in the centre of the chest, to the beat of "Staying alive", then tilt their head back and blow into their mouths twi... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 2 months ago
I was a first responder for 40 years and I was a medic. The article was crap. 

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