It’s another spin on the near death experience topic. This time, it’s a doctor saying that consciousness is not gone after the heart stops beating but brain cells may be viable for hours.
Parnia, a critical care doctor and the director of resuscitation research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, writes in his new book, “Erasing Death: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death,” that a person can now be resuscitated long after they previously would have been considered clinically dead.
“The advances in the last 10 years have shown us that it’s only after a person dies that they turn into a corpse, that their brain cells start to die,’’ Parnia told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday. “Although most people think this takes place in only four or five minutes, we now know that actually brain cells are viable for up to eight hours.”
Many scientists and doctors believe those commonly described images of white lights and warm feelings are hallucinations brought on by lack of oxygen to the brain. But Parnia feels that they are proof that consciousness is not extinguished after the heart stops beating.
It’s proof, he said, that death is not an absolute but a process that can be reversed.
An interesting idea. It does not involve anything paranormal or supernatural but he wants to implement procedures in hospitals to bring people back from clinical death. This would appear to be testable with animals or at least tried with humans (who are already dead so what do they have to lose?)
Tip: Meganne Valerioti