The woman, who only introduced herself as Jean, claims to have suffered a “life-threatening” haemorrhage after giving birth in 1984. The incident left Jean bleeding out profusely but she did not suffer a clinical death. Jean shared her harrowing account with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF).
She said: “I was bleeding profusely and the time went very slowly.
“My blood pressure was being taken often and going down, and I thought when it hits zero I’m dead.
“I had to wait for blood to be matched before going in for emergency surgery.”
Jean then recalled a sensation of leaving her body and floating above it.
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She told NDERF the experience was wonderful as she clearly remembers existing outside of her body.
As this was happening, Jean felt more conscious and alert of her surroundings.
Her thoughts were sped up “incredibly fast” and it felt “magical” as she floated above her body.
Jean said: “They wheeled me out of the birth suite and to the operating theatre, and it was then I left my body and started to float.
“The ceiling disappeared and I was looking at myself being wheeled along on a trolley from a great height down what seemed to be an endless corridor.
A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves
Dr Sam Parnia, NYU Langone School of Medicine
“I felt extremely calm and found the whole experience wonderful and life changing.
“I plopped back into my body when the anaesthetist started giving me an injection.”
In the aftermath of the incident, Jean said she began a search for a spiritual explanation.
She said she came across a barrier that she was not permitted to cross or was sent back to her body against her will.
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Jean also described hearing a voice of a “clearly mystical or unearthly origin” during the experience.
However, many medical experts believe there are natural explanations for the sights and sounds associated with near-death experiences.
NDEs might be explained by the brain scanning itself during a moment of trauma as a survival technique.
NDEs could also be explained by hallucinations triggered by a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, many NDEs are linked by similar experiences.
He said during an OZ Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
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