A female identified only as C.D has described the incredible experience she believes happened to her on the operating table more than 40 years ago. C.D told of her time what she thinks occurred following issues with a surgical to the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) blog.

In 1978, while undergoing surgery for a blood clot in her head, the woman experienced something numerous others have in similar situations.

I went through a tunnel really fast. I was in a wonderful light

C.D

She said: “I went out of my body. Saw the doctors around working on me during surgery.

“I went through a tunnel really fast. I was in a wonderful light. I saw a bridge.

Across the bridge were people I knew who had died, like my father who had died less than a year before this.

“He was so happy to see me and said, ‘Hi Mija’.

“There was light around them. Other family members were all smiling at me.

“He was so proud for them to see me. I was happy to be there.”

However, it was then that she learned her time in what she feels was the afterlife came to an abrupt end.

She said: “Then after a while, a voice said I had to go back. It wasn’t my time.

“I had things to do. My dad’s face dropped. He looked sad.

“I said I didn’t want to go back. I was crying.

“Then like an instant. I went back through the tunnel and I was back in my body.”

Stories such as C.D’s, where people experience seeing lights at the end of a tunnel, have reportedly been recounted by those brought back from the brink of death since the time of Greek philosopher Plato.

Near-death experiences are commonly cited as proof there is a life after death or the existence of an immortal soul.

However, scientists are increasingly confident they can provide a more rational explanation for such profound experiences.

They now believe phenomenons such as travelling through tunnels are simply the consequence of reduced blood flow to the brain.

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One such landmark scientific research was lead by Dr Jimo Borjigin in 2013 which studied the brain activity in dying rats.

He said in a statement at the time: ”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.”

Surprisingly high level of gamma frequency brain activity was observed, leading the scientists to conclude, “at near-death, many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, suggesting the brain is capable of well-organised electrical activity during the early stage of clinical death.”

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