Afterlife: Expert discusses 'feelings' in near-death experiences
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The jury is still out on whether life goes on after death but a woman named Anne claims to already know the answer. Anne is one of many people who have gone through so-called near-death experiences (NDEs) – seemingly paranormal glimpses into the afterlife and other related phenomena. The woman shared her harrowing account of being hooked to a respirator and life support in 2005 after suffering a pulmonary haemorrhage.
At the time, Anne claims to have suffered from lupus and kidney failure.
A lack of oxygen flowing to her brain also resulted in traumatic brain injury and she was put under a drug-induced coma.
Anne told the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) of the profound encounter she claims to have had while comatose.
She said: “I may have been clinically dead, as I had no brain function according to a scan.
“I was not expected to live and when I was disconnected from the respirator, I was suddenly in a dimly-lit room by myself.
“I noticed, in particular, that this room had a door, which I felt was special in some way.
“Then I became aware that I was no longer alone. God was there!”
Anne could not see Him but described a feeling of “complete, total and unconditional love in the highest form”
There is no doubt in her mind that it was God who made her feel this way.
Even more bizarrely, the presence spoke to Anne, asking: “Are you too tired?”
Anne believes God was asking her whether she was too tired to walk through a door that she believed would have been her death.
She said: “I do not recall my answer, whether God sent me back, or if I made the decision, but I do know I was given a choice.
“So it must have been my choice to come back. Miraculously, God sent me back well.
“After many years of severe suffering with the pain and illness of lupus, when I came back, my lupus was completely gone!”
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Although equal parts incredible and bizarre, Anne’s NDE account is not unique and it probably was not paranormal.
Most medical experts argue NDEs are a physiological response to trauma and can be explained without resorting to spirituality.
One theory, for instance, suggests NDEs are vivid hallucinations resulting from oxygen deprivation.
A 2004 paper penned by Bruce Greyson and Mitchell B Liester in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology found 80 percent of people who reported NDE also reported subsequent auditory hallucinations.
Another theory suggests the brain releases a cocktail of drugs during moments of trauma that can trigger peculiar responses.
When the brain is in a state of shock might, for instance, be flooded by natural opioids that remove stress from the situation.
Patients often describe their experiences as calm and blissful, despite the often-painful circumstances that led them to the NDE.
However, scientists are yet to find a definitive answer to the problem.
Dr Jeffrey Long wrote in 2014 in the journal Missouri Medicine: “Multiple lines of evidence point to the conclusion that near-death experiences are medically inexplicable and cannot be explained by known physical brain function.”
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