From Sarah Knapton, Telegraph.co.uk
August 17, 2016-In the largest ever study done on near-death and out-of-body experiences, scientists have discovered what appears to be awareness after the brain and heart have stopped functioning.
In the four-year long study, conducted at University of Southampton in September of 2014, more than 2-thousand cardiac arrest patients from Austria and the UK were examined. Nearly 40 percent of the people examined testified to some form of awareness after during the time their hearts had stopped.
One man even recalled leaving his body entirely and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room.
Despite being unconscious and ‘dead’ for three minutes, the 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of the machines.
“We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating,” said Dr Sam Parnia, a former research fellow at Southampton University, now at the State University of New York, 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 beeps 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.”
Of 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated. Read more.