A woman named Lizzette suffered a near death experience when she temporarily drowned during a swimming accident. Thankfully, Lizzette lived to tell the tale and has now given a personal insight into what it is like to die. Lizzette said that she experienced pure calmness and no panic as she neared death.
She also said that she saw a review of her life as she took what she thought to be her final breaths.
Lizzette wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “Time stopped and everything was calm and still around me.
“I saw myself moving my arms but I didn’t feel my body anymore. It was as if I were looking through my eyes but not really ‘in’ my body.
“It was a floating sensation, maybe the effect of the water.
“Then I calmly told myself, ‘Okay, I’m dying. Nobody knows what’s happening and nobody will be coming.’
“My panic completely vanished and I was thinking calmly as if nothing had happened. I was thinking about plenty of things that happened in my life, in my family.
“I had the impression of ‘making a review’ and then I saw the border of the pool. I started to brush against the side of the pool with my hand.
“I felt a rush through my body, and a gigantic wave of energy came to me at that moment and I thought ‘I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die’.
They were stunned to discover brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.
Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.
“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”
Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.
Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”