A person known as Lee was temporarily but clinically dead – which is the cessation of the heart or breathing – and believes he saw a glimpse of the afterlife. Instead of rolling meadows or fluffy white clouds, Lee claims the afterlife consists of zooming through the Universe.

Lee suffered his near death experience after slipping into a diabetic induced coma, and now believes he has a greater understanding of the cosmos.

Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Lee said: “I instantly shot out of my body, but I was not above myself.

“It was as if I was some kind of energy, and I was flying away from earth. Then it seemed as if I was flying away from the solar system.

“Then I started flying away faster and I saw bunches of stars as if they were galaxies flying away from me.

“Then they seemed to be bunching together into huge packs as if they were separate universes or something like that.

“It was as if there was a force or energy out there way bigger than anything we know, and I had an enormous sense of understanding the meaning of life, that’s when I seemed to shoot back at a phenomenal speed!

“As it was happening, I remember feeling very excited and thinking to myself ‘So that’s why we are here!’.

“And it was so real, but my understanding was not explained to me.

“Due to this experience, my view on life after death goes somewhere way beyond planet earth and our energy possibly passes to another dimension or a different universe.”

While Lee believes he saw the afterlife, scientists believe near death experiences such as this are a result of a surge of brain activity as one approaches death.

Researchers from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.

They were stunned to discover brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.

Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”

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