The first hints of life after death have been found in a new scientific study. Researchers believe they have discovered light at the end of the tunnel with the biggest medical study ever into life after death experiences. They have reportedly shown that some awareness appears to continue even when the human brain has completely shut down.
This is a provocative subject which has, until very recently, been treated with extensive skepticism. However, scientists working at a University in Southampton have spent nearly five years observing over 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at nearly 20 hospitals in the United States, United Kingdom and Austria. They discovered that about 45 percent of individuals who lived described a kind of “awareness” during the time when they were considered clinically dead.
In fact, one of the men even remembered departing his body completely and watching his resuscitation from one corner of the hospital room. He was unconscious and considered dead for over three minutes. The man, who was a social worker, age 57, narrated what happened with the nursing staff in total detail and even defined the sounds the machines made during his life and death experience.
Dr. Sam Parnia, who works at the University of New York, is the chief lead conducting the study. He stated that it is common knowledge that the brain stops functioning when the heart stops beating. However, in the case of the social worker, awareness appeared to have continued for over three minutes into where the heart had stopped beating for quite a while, even though the brain usually shuts down about 30 seconds after the heart stops. The man was able to describe everything that occurred, but more importantly, he heard two beeps from a machine that makes noises at three minute interludes. Dr. Parnia stated that was a way they were able to actually time just how long the experienced lasted. The physician added that the man was also extremely credible and everything that he talked about seeing really did happen to him while he was clinically dead.
There were 2,060 cardiac arrest patients examined, and 330 survived. Of those patients, 140 said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being revived. Even though many were unable to remember precise details, some themes began to emerge. One in five stated that they had experienced a feeling of strong peace while nearly one half said that they believed time had either sped up or slowed down during their respective life and death occurrences.
Several recalled what they thought was the Sun or a bright shining light at the end of a tunnel. Others remembered being scared or feeling like they were drowning. Others stated they felt like they had their senses all heightened to an extent. Dr. Parnia thinks many other individuals may also have experiences when they are considered clinically dead as well but drugs or sedatives used in the process of recitation might stop them from remembering. Estimations have proposed that millions of people have had intense experiences in relation to death but the scientific confirmation has been indefinite at best. Most individuals have thought that such events were only illusions or hallucinations but they are proving to correspond to actual happenings. Such life and death experiences merit further exploration.
Scientists do not know exactly what is happening, but believe evidence suggests that such events are happening after people have medically died. They are still in the dark about what goes on when a person passes away, so hopefully the study will shine some light on the subject.
The research report appeared in the science journal Resuscitation in their most recent edition. Researchers believe there might be some kind of life after death due to the scientific study about the first hints into near-death experiences. It found there was awareness that possibly continued even after the brain had completely shut down. Scientists working on the study think it shows that there is evidence of life after death.
By Kimberly Ruble