Life after death confirmed by experts who say consciousness continues even after a person’s heart stops beating.
In Islam and many other religions, there is a firm belief on life after death. This belief has been under scientific scrutiny for quite some time, and now it has been discovered that consciousness persists even after a person’s heart has stopped beating. A recent report discusses a study of over 2,000 people that participated in a study for the purposes of studying the existence of life after death. The report said,
In a study of more than 2,000 people, British scientists confirmed that thought persists after death, and simultaneously uncovered convincing evidence of an out-of-body experience for a patient declared dead by medics.
Scientists had believed the brain ceased all activity 30 seconds after the heart stopped pumping blood around the body, and that awareness stopped at the same time however, research from the University of Southampton suggests otherwise. This new study shows people continue experiencing awareness for up to three minutes after death. Speaking on the ground-breaking 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 that 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, America and the UK interviewed for the study who had survived cardiac arrests, 40 percent said they were able to recall some form of awareness after being pronounced clinically dead. Dr Parnia explained the significance. She 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 percent of patients described their experience as being consistent with the feeling of an out-of-body experience – the sensation where one feels almost completely 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 significant finding of the study is 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 taking place around him with eerie accuracy after temporarily dying. Dr Parnia, referring to the experience 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.
Of course, these studies only hint at the possibility that life after death actually does exist, or at least, our understanding of death. There is no way of knowing for sure, if that indeed is the case.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.