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Medical experts have always been at odds over what happens when people die. While there has been much anecdotal evidence of bright lights and flashes being reported by people who have “come back,” they are still not enough to convince skeptics and has only fueled more debate on the topic.
However, a new study offers tantalizing hints suggesting that consciousness continues even after the heart stops beating. According to the new research, the brain keeps functioning in the moments after death so you’re aware of what’s happening even if you can’t really do anything about it.
In essence, you are “trapped” inside your body after you die, even if only for a short time.
The study revealed that people who have survived cardiac arrest reported that they were aware of what was happening around them while they were “dead” before they were “brought back to life.” There is even evidence that suggests the deceased may even hear themselves being pronounced dead by doctors.
Dr. Sam Parnia has been studying consciousness after death by examining cardiac arrest cases in Europe and the US.
According to him, people in the first phase of death may retain some form of consciousness.
Dr. Parnia recounted the cases of people who survived cardiac arrest accurately describing what was going on around them after their hearts stopped beating.
He said: “They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working, they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.”
Describing how doctors determine if a patient should be officially declared dead, he said: “It’s all based on the moment when the heart stops.
“Technically speaking, that’s how you get the time of death.”
While the idea of consciousness surviving death is intriguing, the overall goal of Dr. Parnia’s study is to improve the quality of resuscitation in order to prevent brain injuries while restarting the heart.
And unlike in the movie Flatliners, people who are resuscitated don’t come back with a “magical enhancement” of their memories, clarified Dr. Parnia.
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