WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to a new study, people are still aware of their surroundings even when they are already dead because the brain hasn’t stopped working yet.
- Based from the accounts of survivors of cardiac arrests, they have accurately described the conversations they have heard as well as the things they have seen including the doctors who were working on them at the time when their hearts stopped.
- A patient is declared dead when their heart stops beating, which also marks the official time of death.
Top medical experts have constantly struggled over what really happens when people die. There had been much cause for debate from people who ‘came back’ and claimed to have seen bright lights and flashes.
However, a poignant new study suggests that your consciousness continues to function even after the heart stops beating and body movements fail.
Essentially, when we die, we are ‘trapped’ inside our dead body because our brain is still working making us aware of what’s happening around us, if only for a short time.
The study revealed that before being ‘brought back to life’, cardiac arrest survivors were aware of what was happening around them while being dead.
Surprisingly, evidence suggests that the deceased patient can even hear themselves being pronounced dead by doctors.
According to Dr. Sam Parnia who studies consciousness after death and cases of cardiac arrest in Europe and the US, people may still experience some sort of consciousness during the first stage of death.
His research involves exploring when after a person goes into cardiac arrest, what happens to the brain as well as studying whether consciousness carries on after death and for how long. Knowing these would help improve the quality of resuscitation and prevent injuries in the brain while reviving the heart.
Furthermore, the doctor said that those who survived cardiac arrests were able to accurately describe what was going on around them after their hearts stopped beating.
“They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working, they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them,” he said.
Officially, a patient is declared dead the moment the heart stops which is also technically, the basis of the time of death, explained Dr. Parnia.
However, he said that when a person is revived, they don’t usually come back with magically enhanced memories unlike the story in the movie “Flatliners”.
Source: Fox News