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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 23, 2017

Health Buzz: Near-Death Experiences Are Real, Doctor Says

Obe.ladyDr. Sam Parnia, associate professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, studies individuals who have undergone near-death experiences. His research targets these patients’ cognitive occurrences after their hearts have stopped beating. The human brain stops functioning anywhere from two to twenty seconds after heart failure. Parnia’s research has shown that 39% of those who survived cardiac arrest could successfully recall some perception of events despite the fact that they were clinically dead. Of these, 9% reported some perception of awareness and 2% claimed they had an out-of-body-experience. In one particular and substantiated case from Parnia’s study, “consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.”

See David Oliver, Health Buzz: Near-Death Experiences Are Real, Doctor Says, U.S. News, October 17, 2017.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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