A new study suggests there may be a small amount of life after death.
The Telegraph reported that the University of Southampton examined 2,060 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals in the UK, the US, and Austria. Of those studied, 330 survived, 140 of whom were interviewed. Fifty-five of those interviewed said they had been aware at the moment of resuscitation.
According to the paper:
They found that nearly 40% of those who survived [i.e. 55 out of 140 interviewed] described some kind of "awareness" during the time when they were clinically dead before their hearts were restarted.
According to the report, 2% described awareness with explicit recall of "seeing" and "hearing" actual events related to their resuscitation, and one man even recalled leaving his body and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the room. He apparently described the actions of the doctors in detail.
Many could not recall specific details, but The Telegraph described familiar themes among those surveyed.
Some said that they felt time either slowed down or sped up, the paper reported, while one in five described an "unusual sense of peacefulness". A small proportion felt "separated from their bodies" or having "heightened senses".
The Telegraph added:
Some recalled seeing a bright light; a golden flash or the sun shining. Others recounted feelings of fear or drowning or being dragged through deep water.
The study was published in the journal Resuscitation.
You can view it here.