A fall from his motorbike resulted in a man, who only gives his name as John, slamming his head onto the ground. John says that as his head crashed onto the floor, he believes he was instantly teleported to another dimension which was desert like with pulsating skies. John wrote for the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “I was instantly ‘teleported’ to a desert.
“The ground was sandy but solid, and I could smell the desert air. I’ve done military service in Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan so I know what it smells like.
“It was hot, but I felt a cool breeze. In front of me was a rocky outcrop or cliff face that extended from the ground to about 20 feet high.
“On the top, there was a desert tree with no foliage and it looked dry as you would expect.
“The sky pulsed quickly from a sky blue to a deep purple and then back again. It was as if the days were speedily passing by.
“The bright daylight on the cliff face stayed exactly the same. I was aware of something observing me, but didn’t see anything.
“I was in awe at the sky, but was slightly fearful at the fact that I was in a desert. I had a sense of dullness and indifference as well.”
Suddenly, John “snapped back to reality” and ended up in a hospital.
However, some researchers say these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk debate: “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.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
Dr Parnia added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”