We cover lots of stories here about people who were THOUGHT to be dead but recovered in a seemingly miraculous way. Scientists are studying what happens at death to the body and brain.
Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies – and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose.
Death is the final outcome for 100 percent of patients. But there’s growing evidence that revival is possible for at least some patients whose hearts and lungs have stopped working for many minutes, even hours. And brain death – when the brain irreversibly ceases function — is also proving less open and shut.
Defining brain death is becoming more complex as researchers find signs of activity in both human and animal subjects whose brain waves at first show they’ve “flat-lined” to the point that there is no brain function. While some doctors use the EEG as a final check for signs of life in the brain, most rely on a series of reflex and respiration tests given over several hours to determine brain death.
What does sudden cooling do to preserve the body and brain? When is true brain death? The article also mentions a familiar name, Dr. Sam Parnia, who tests for activity after death. Intriguing stuff that deserves to be studied. Death is not closing the book but perhaps a slow drain. Can we reverse it?