Tagged: Life after death
December 17, 2017 at 8:42 am #9529
After you die, your brain knows you’re dead, terrifying study reveals
By Andrea Downey, The Sun October 19, 2017 | 11:55am | Updated
Modal Trigger After you die, your brain knows you’re dead, terrifying study reveals
Ellen Page stars in the remake of “Flatliners.” Columbia Pictures
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Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?
You’ve probably heard about how those who have died and come back to life say they saw light at the end of a tunnel.
Or that they floated above their bodies, watching as doctors frantically worked to keep them alive.
But until now, it was not known if the mind kept working after the body died.
Just like the remake of the ’90s cult horror “Flatliners,” starring Ellen Page, scientists have discovered that a person’s consciousness continues to work after they have died.
In the film, a group of young doctors conducts a dangerous experiment to see what happens in the afterlife by taking turns stopping their hearts.
Dr. Sam Parnia and her team from New York University Langone School of Medicine had the same question.
They set out to find the answer in a much less dangerous fashion, looking at studies in Europe and the US on people who have suffered cardiac arrest and “come back to life.”
“They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working and they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them,” Parnia told Live Science.
Their recollections were also verified by medical staff who reported their patients could remember the details.
Death, in a medical sense, is when the heart stops beating and cuts off blood to the brain.
This means the brain’s functions also stop and can no longer keep the body alive.
Parnia explained that the brain’s cerebral cortex — the so-called “thinking part” of the brain — also slows down instantly, and flatlines, meaning that no brainwaves are visible on an electric monitor, within 2 to 20 seconds.
This eventually results in the death of the brain.
Parnia and his colleagues are also observing how the brain reacts during a cardiac arrest to determine how much of these experiences relate to brain activity.
“At the same time, we also study the human mind and consciousness in the context of death, to understand whether consciousness becomes annihilated or whether it continues after you’ve died for some period of time — and how that relates to what’s happening inside the brain in real time,” he said.
It is not the first time brain activity after death has been recorded.
In March, doctors at a Canadian intensive care unit discovered that one person had persistent brain activity for up to 10 minutes after they turned off their life support machine, but three others did not.
For more than 10 minutes after the medics declared the person clinically dead, brain waves, like those we experience in our sleep, continued to occur.
The researchers also found the experience of death can be very different for individual patients.
Each patient recorded different electroencephalographic results — the electrical activity in the brain — both before and after death.
December 19, 2017 at 3:08 am #9675
Science still catching up to us.
October 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm #24110
While my dad was dying he had no brain activity,,, none,, zero,,,, BUT, his heart still beat’d and after taking him off of oxygen he took his own breaths for 6 days. No brain activity other than the part that keeps the heart in rythm, lungs taking in oxygen and hooked up to a bag, pissing every day and night like anyone else. He had a DNR order He had Alzheimer’s and had a catastrophic brain bleed which pressed what was left of his brain to one side of his skull. He was technically brain dead by the time the ambulence got to the hospital from the nursing home. But his vitals still worked.. made no scents to me, but what did I know,,, I wasn’t then and am not now a DR. Was told in the ER that my dad had hours to maybe 24 hours.
The hospital put dad in a room with an attached family room were family could sleep and take turns throughout the day and night to keep dad company hoping he could hear us. 5 complete days of that,,, then on the 6th day two of my 3 sisters and I gathered around dad as he took his last breaths.
I have questions that will never be answered. Like,,, how did the mark get on his forehead. July 3rd 2013 when I saw dad last there was no mark,,, July 5th when I met at the ER there was a mark… Was explained it was from the oxygen mask,, the kind the covers nose and mouth. ah,, no. The mask when I saw it on dad did not go up to his forehead.
I stopped the IV med for the blood infection,,,, was told he had no brain activity,, and IF they did the sugury there was only a 15% chance it would be successful, but the odds greater he wouldn;t made it off the operating table and IF he did he would not the same man we remember. And I know dad would NOT want that. So, the DNR took precedence. No meds, no IV for fluids, nor no food tube. Just a morphine drip incase he was in any pain. He was unresponsive the entire 6 days.
The reason I made the medical dissisions was do to that I was chosen by dad in writing, signed and witnessed and on file. I did discuss with my mother and sisters about the stopping of the IV med for the blood infection. He was going die soon anyways,,, right?
The simple fact,, the ER DR had no right telling us dad only had hours to maybe 24 hours. Maybe for others they died easy,,, but dad had a very strong constitution. Must be it runs deeper than what a machine that picks up brain waves or the lack there of can detect.
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