A number of people have had very particular experiences relating to the boundary between life and the afterlife: a brief moment, usually a few minutes, during which they found themselves “dead” and then succeeded in to put back. In many of these cases, the particularity is to tell an experience that turns out to be similar for everyone. There’s also the completely different case of a 61-year-old Australian who “ceased to exist” for a very long time: a good 90 minutes . Let’s discover together his testimony.
The man at the center of this story is Alistair Blake , he is 61 years old and suffered a heart attack some time ago. Fortunately, next to him was his wife Melinda, to whom he has been married for 35 years. When the woman woke up, she immediately realized that something was wrong and did not hesitate to call the ambulance. While waiting, she attempted to resuscitate her husband for 20 minutes, but when paramedics arrived the man seemed lifeless.
Paramedics used the defibrillator eight times in an attempt to bring him back to life, declaring him clinically dead. After an hour and a half of desperate attempts, her heart finally started beating again. “I remember going to bed on Saturday night and the next memory is waking up Thursday morning on a stretcher as they took me to intensive care. Technically I was lifeless for 90 minutes. “
But what did Alistair see or hear during this interminable time?
“My brain completely blacked out what happened between those two times. A lot of people ask me if I saw anything and no, I didn’t see anything. No bright lights, none of that.” A case like no other, without apparitions or visions of any kind. Blake’s heart was fitted with a pacemaker and, after this bad experience, the man decided to spend less time at work, to spend more time with his family and friends. He also follows a healthy diet and exercises.
Dr Steven Laureys, a researcher and neurologist at the Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège in Belgium, argues that end-of-life experiences are caused by the “dysfunctional brain that causes the phenomena”, although what some people see and hear is very neat.
What do you think ? Are these phenomena related to brain activity or to actual experiences in the afterlife?