A person named Jim Martin has detailed his extraordinary experience of what he believes is the afterlife. After suffering from severe croup – a respiratory infection – Mr Martin temporarily died.
Before he could be resuscitated, Mr Martin temporarily died.
When he was temporarily dead, Mr Martin believes he saw the afterlife where he travelled through a veil of light before seeing his entire life in review.
Mr Martin said on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “The first thing I remember was the intense, brilliant light that was at the end of a short tunnel.
“The light was brighter than any that I had ever experienced but my eyes had no trouble adjusting to that bright light.
Life after death: ‘I saw an intense light and a review of my life’ – claim
Mr Martin believes he saw heaven
“I recall that my entire life’s experiences passed before me, but the only detail that I recall now was seeing my cocker spaniel, Ginger.
“An auto had killed her several weeks before my event.”
Suddenly, Mr Martin was back in his body, but he said the experience will stick with him forever.
However, researchers are not convinced that Mr Martin’s experience is necessarily a sign of the afterlife.
“The light was brighter than any that I had ever experienced”
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, believes visions such as Martin’s are relatively normal.
He believes near death experience visions are typically signs the brain is running out of oxygen or scanning itself for survival techniques.
Dr Koch wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences.
“They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.
Researchers are not convinced that Mr Martin’s experience is necessarily a sign of the afterlife.
“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.
“That premise has served science and its handmaiden, technology, extremely well over the past few centuries. Unless there is extraordinary, compelling, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.
“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient faints in a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric—in other words, flat.
“This implies that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken down.”