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A person named Steve was working a security guard in New Orleans, US, when he was confronted by armed robbers. After an altercation, Steve said that he was shot by his assailants who left him to die.

Thankfully, Steve was discovered and saved by paramedics, but for a brief few minutes, he was clinically dead.

It was his time when he was clinically dead where Steve believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife.

In it, Steve believes he was entombed in a black void but was eventually shown the way out by mysterious figures.

Steve wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “The next thing I knew, I was in a sort of ‘black box,’ like a very dark void. It was neither pleasant nor unpleasant.

“I was aware of ‘myself’, Steve, but I didn’t seem to have a physical body.

“I was wondering where I was with all this blackness surrounding me—but I was definitely aware of myself.

“Next appeared a vertical line of bright, white light, from the highest to the lowest point in front of me.

“The light started to open, as a door would. Two heads stuck out through the emergent opening and were peering at me.

“They were not too close, but not too far away. I struggled to focus on them.

“One of the Beings appeared to be wearing a white hat and the other Being, a black hat.

“Both Beings had large black eyes. Finally, both Beings slowly withdrew the way they had entered, through the contracting ‘doorway’ of light, which then closed completely. The bright light dissipated. Only darkness remained.”

Suddenly, Steve was back in his body but he is now convinced there is an afterlife.

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Scientists, however, are not so certain and believe visions such as Steve’s are a normal phenomenon.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “Death is a process, it is not a black and white moment.

“The final result is we have a deduction of oxygen that gets inside the brain when we are about to die and that causes our brain circuits to shut down and we become unconscious to the outside world.

“When the heart stops, all life processes go out because there is no blood getting to the brain, to the kidneys, and liver and we become lifeless and motionless and that is the time that doctors use to give us a time of death.”

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