Life after death is ‘confirmed as death’ revealed the experts who insist consciousness continues even when a heart stops working.
Earlier, scientists were of the view that the brain stops all activities within a minor of 30 seconds after a heart stops pumping blood into a body, and that awareness too stops simultaneously.
But…a new research from the University of Southampton has suggested otherwise. It said, people continue experiencing awareness for up to three minutes following death.
In the study of more than 2,000 people, British scientists have confirmed that thought continues after death.
They said their claim has been backed by convincing evidence of an out-of-body experience for a patient declared dead by medics.
Speaking on the groundbreaking study, head researcher Dr Sam Parnia said, “Contrary to perception, death is not a specific moment but a potentially reversible process that occurs after any severe illness or accident causes the heart, lungs and brain to cease functioning.”
“If attempts are made to reverse this process, it is referred to as ‘cardiac arrest’; however, if these attempts do not succeed it is called ‘death’.”
Out of the 2,060 patients from Austria, the United States and the United Kingdom interviewed for the study who had survived cardiac arrests, 40 per cent said they were able to remember some form of awareness after being declared clinically dead.
Dr Parnia explained the significance and said, “This suggests more people may have mental activity initially but then lose their memories after recovery, either due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory recall.”
Just two per cent of patients described their experience as being consistent with the feeling of an out-of-body experience — the feeling when one feels almost aware of their surroundings after death.
Around half of the study’s respondents said their experience was not one of awareness, but fear.
Perhaps the most important finding of the study was that of a 57-year-old man believed to be the first confirmed out-of-body experience in a patient.
After suffering a cardiac arrest, the patient revealed he was able to recall what was happening around him.
Dr Parnia said, “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating.”
“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.”
“This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.
“Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.”
Many of you reading this article would find it a little strange while others, I am sure, would dig more into the details of the study, depending whether you believe in the concept in life after death or not.