NEW YORK, NY – Doctors are conducting a controversial study to understand why some revived patients report consciousness during death.
Everyone has heard news stories about a person who, after flatlining and then being revived, remembers a life-after-death experience. Others tell of being conscious of the room and the doctors working on them, when there brain was supposedly shut down.
What do these stories mean? A group of doctors and researchers are conducintg the AWARE (Awareness During Resuscitation) study, to understand why this happens and how it can be applied to future resuscitation practices.
The most famous back-to-life story is that of Baptist minister Don Piper. He was driving his Ford Escort when a 16-wheeler truck smashed head-on into his vehicle.
“I was killed instantly,” said Piper. “I was immediately struck, crushed by the roof of the car collapsing, steering wheel impaling me on the chest and the dashboard collapsing on both of my legs.”
When the paramedics arrived, they were unable to resuscitate him and placed a tarp over his body until the medical examnier could arrive. A fellow priest was there, and began to pray over Piper’s body.
Soon he turned to singing, and as he sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, Piper began to sing along from underneath the tarp an hour and a half after the medics had checked him!
Piper was not unconscious during those 90 minutes, but was actually in Heaven, where he saw the Pearly Gates. He wrote a book, “90 Minutes in Heaven”, which described his experience and what he learned from it.
Doctors have been unable to explain why people have out-of-body experiences during temporary death. But Dr. Sam Parnia, head of the study, believes that they offer much insight into what happens to the brain and consciousness during death.
Parnia explained, “With ever-improving discoveries, we will be able to bring even more people back to life from clinical death.”