WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Maddie Johnson posted a photo of her new tattoo on Instagram. With the interesting story behind it, the photo has gone viral.
- It was a scribble of the words “it’s real” written by her aunt who died for some minutes and was revived to life.
- Her artist also posted it on Facebook and it too went viral.
Maddie Johnson of West Hills, California, posted a photo on Instagram of the new tattoo she got last week. The photo has gone viral after people learned of the story behind it. The tattoo design is a scribble of the words that say “It’s Real.”
For Maddie, the tattoo is a memento of what her family considers a miracle, according to Fox News.
Tina Hines, her aunt, from Arizona, “died” for 27 minutes. She was getting ready to go hiking with her husband when she suddenly collapsed. Her husband tried to resuscitate her before paramedics arrived but she passed out again multiple times on the way to the hospital, where she was intubated.
“We ended up shocking her three times on scene and two en route,” one Phoenix firefighter told the outlet. “I’ve never shocked anyone five times.”
When Tina finally woke up she gestured a pen and paper and scribbled the words “It’s real.” When asked by the family what it meant, she “pointed up to heaven with tears in her eyes,” Maddie said.
“It was so real, the colors were so vibrant,” Hines recalled, and continued to say “Jesus was standing in front of black gates with a bright yellow glow behind him.”
Maddie said she wanted the scribbled words inked on her to remind her of her aunt’s journey and her faith.
“Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen,” Maddie said. The tattoo has given her “tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away.”
“The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love,” she added.
Maddie’s tattoo artist, Suede Silver, also posted the tattoo and its story on facebook. It has since been shared 237,000 times with 38,000 comments.
According to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in a study on the phenomenon done in 2013, rats dying brain has increased brain activity that was believed to explain the cause of near-death visions.
“A lot of people thought that the brain, after clinical death, was inactive or hypoactive, with less activity than the waking state, and we show that is definitely not the case,” said Dr. Jimo Borjigin, who led the study.
“If anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state.”