The woman, who only introduced herself as Stephanie, believes she was given a chance to turn her life around after the extraordinary near-death experience (NDE). More than four years ago, Stephanie was given drugs that were laced with opioids, which led to an overdose. As she drifted into unconsciousness, she recalls seeing her entire life flash before her eyes.
According to life after death researchers, it is common for NDE victims to experience vivid hallucinations.
People often recall floating through a tunnel towards a bright source of light or seeing visions of their deceased loved ones.
In Stephanie’s case, she told the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) felt like she was falling backwards “for what seemed like forever”.
She then witnessed her entire life unfold, from the moment it began, revealing every mistake she had ever made.
According to Stephanie’s bizarre account, she was overcome with the belief her life decisions led to this moment.
But then, she suddenly found herself back in her body, alive and grateful to be back.
Stephanie said: “I have gone from questioning if God existed; to sharing this story with others in hope of it changing other people’s lives.
“I was shown that if I didn’t get my life together now, I would spend eternity suffering in Hell.
Many of the NDE elements, such as visions and feelings of falling, are not unique to Stephanie’s account.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, explained: “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.”