Researchers at University of Southampton in England have found that everyone when you have a “near death experience” it really varies from one experience to another. Although a lot of people face the light at the end of the tunnel, there are actually several different types of near-death experiences. The have come up with a list of seven commonly reported categories. A team based in the UK spent over last four years seeking out cardiac arrest patients to look into their”near death experiences.” They found that almost 40 per cent of survivors described having some form of “awareness” at a time when they were declared clinically dead which is defined by the brain shutting down within 20 to 30 seconds of when the heart stops beating. However they were surprised when patients experienced real events for up to three minutes after this had happened – and could recall them accurately once they had been resuscitated.
It was previously thought that patients who described near-death experiences were only relating hallucinatory events. But the study by Dr Sam Parnia, an assistant professor at the State University of New York and a former research fellow at the University of Southampton who led the research, found “very credible” accounts of what was going on while doctors and nurses tried to bring them back to life – even one man who said that he felt he was observing his resuscitation from the corner of the room.
The seven types of near death experiences are:
Seeing animals or plants
Violence and persecution
Seeing family members
Recalling real events that happened while they were clinically dead
The last category is the most fascinating. The researchers from the University of Southampton spent four years studying 2,000 people who had been clinically dead after suffering cardiac arrests, but were resuscitated. Nearly 40% of them experienced some kind of “awareness” during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted.
“We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating,” said Dr. Sam Parnia, who led the study. “But in this case conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn’t beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three-minute intervals. So we could time how long the experienced lasted for. He seemed very credible and everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.”
Let this be a reminder to not speak ill of the dead. At least not until they are safely in the ground.
Via: Resuscitation, National Post, Canada