Life after death! Scientific evidence suggests life can continue after death
Besides Biblical, there is scientific evidence to
suggest that life can continue after death, according to the largest ever
medical study carried out on the subject.
A team of UK based scientists has spent four years
seeking out cardiac arrest patients to analyse their experiences, and found
that almost 40 per cent of survivors described having some form of ‘awareness’
at a time when they were declared clinically dead.
Experts currently believe that the brain shuts down
within 20 to 30 seconds of the heart stopping beating - and that it is not
possible to be aware of anything at all once that has happened.
But scientists in the new study heard said they heard
compelling evidence that patients experienced real events for up to three
minutes after this had happened - and could recall them accurately once they
had been resuscitated.
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, said that patients who described near-death
experiences were only relating hallucinatory events.
One man, however, gave a "very credible"
account of what was going on while doctors and nurses tried to bring him back
to life - and says that he felt he was observing his resuscitation from the corner
of the room.
Speaking to Telegraph about the evidence provided by a
57-year-old social worker Southampton, Dr Parnia said, “We know the brain can't
function when the heart has stopped beating. But in this case, conscious
awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes.
“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
Dr Parnia’s study involved 2,060 patients from 15
hospitals in the UK, US and Austria, and has been published in the journal
Of those who survived, 46 per cent experienced a broad
range of mental recollections, nine per cent had experiences compatible with
traditional definitions of a near-death experience and two per cent exhibited
full awareness with explicit recall of "seeing" and "hearing"
events - or out-of-body experiences.
Dr Parnia said that the findings of the study as a
whole suggested that “the recalled experience surrounding death now merits
further genuine investigation without prejudice.”
Dr Jerry Nolan, editor-in-chief of the journal which
published the research, said, “The researchers are to be congratulated on the
completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive
research into what happens when we die.”