A women who thinks she experienced a taste of the afterlife says there is nothing to fear after death.
Courtney Santiago has described her experiences on TikTok after having a medical procedure which she says left her dead for around 40 seconds.
Ms Santiago, 32, has a history of breast cancer in her family and as a precautionary measure had an MRI breast scan in July last year.
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Her body went into shock as medics inserted an IV, causing her blood pressure to drop and her heart rate to slow drastically. It was then she fell unconscious.
In a video on TikTok, Ms Santiago said "There was no concept of time whatsoever, just the feeling of complete peace."
"I wasn't worried about leaving behind my body, my life, my son or my family and friends – none of that felt important," she said.
After entering what she described as this ‘dream state’ she found herself standing on a beach in front of a man whom she had never met but felt like she had always known.
The figure told her that everything was okay but that it wasn’t her time to go yet.
After hearing this her surroundings suddenly began to change.
She found herself in the mountains, then the back garden of her childhood home and several other places where she felt most connected to nature.
Once she woke up Courtney claimed that she was unable to speak and her body felt completely stiff.
Medics later discovered she had vasovagal syncope, a condition which sees patients’ bodies overreact to certain triggers, such as emotional distress or blood.
Blood pressure and heart rate drops causing you to lose consciousness as the brain is starved of oxygen.
While the heart can drop for up to 10 seconds, the condition isn't life threatening.
"I’m 100 percent certain what I saw was the ‘in-between’ and was much more than a fainting episode," Ms Santiago said.
She described her experiences in a series of TikTok videos, with a comforting message for viewers she’d brought back from her trip to the hereafter.
"When we die, we're not gone and where we go, we're happy," she said.
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She said: “You’re not supposed to see much of anything while unconscious – you don’t dream or wake up with any lost time.
“I’m 100% certain what I saw was the ‘in-between’ and was much more than a fainting episode.
“I told the nurse about what I had seen and she told me that while it’s rare, it is possible to pass away during an episode of vasovagal syncope.”
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