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Person 'declared dead for a couple minutes' explains how the experience was 'humbling'

Person 'declared dead for a couple minutes' explains how the experience was 'humbling'

The woman revealed what she remembers from the minutes where medics thought she was dead

Coming back from the dead is quite the mean feat, considering it was nearly all over for a second there - but according to this woman, the whole experience is quite 'humbling'.

I don't know about you, but I've always sort of imagined that those who decide not to walk towards the bright light that's calling their name suddenly bolting upright on the operating table to brag about how they beat the Grim Reaper.

But this is obviously not the case - and those who have bounced back from a brush with death reckon you regain consciousness feeling anything but cocky about dodging your demise by the skin of your teeth.

A Reddit user has revealed what she experienced when she nearly died and ended up on life support.

The woman, who has a nut allergy, explained that she became extremely unwell while she was enjoying her birthday lunch at a local restaurant as a result of her food being 'cross-contaminated with cashew'.

She wrote: "A darn tree nut took me out. The reaction came on in just a few seconds while at the restaurant. My throat closed, and my tongue starting swelling. Unfortunately, no one had Benadryl or an EpiPen."

The healthcare worker recalled how she could 'feel the pain' while dually noticing that her 'physical appearance was changing' as the severe allergic reaction took hold of her body.

She was subsequently rushed to hospital, where she 'died, was revived and was on life support for quite some time'.

The Redditor said she was 'pronounced dead for a couple of minutes' before she suddenly came back to life - and she describes the whole thing as quite an embarrassing and bizarre situation, to put it bluntly.

The woman described her brush with death as 'humbling'. (Getty Stock Image)
The woman described her brush with death as 'humbling'. (Getty Stock Image)

Her post continued: "The experience was humbling. I felt absolutely no pain.

"I was comfortable even though my body was fighting hard against everything physically," she explained. "I remember vomiting a few times while on the ventilator and aspirating... but, it didn't hurt.

"I was surrounded by my family in the ICU, which was comforting. It was a bit like an out-of-body experience.

"I can still recall conversations my family had in the ICU room but no matter how much I wanted to reply to them or even interact with them, I couldn't. That was the weird part for me.

"Upon extubation (removing ventilator from lungs), I remember seeing my grandmother who passed away in 2004.

"She told me to 'turn around... my time here is just beginning.' Then... I felt the tubes slide out of my lungs and the nurses yelling my name."

The healthcare worker said the incident 'wholly changed' her perspective. (Getty Stock Image)
The healthcare worker said the incident 'wholly changed' her perspective. (Getty Stock Image)

Incredibly, the healthcare worker went on to make a miraculous recovery after being placed on a mechanical ventilator for several days in the intensive care unit.

She added: "The experience was surreal. I mostly 'slept' while on the ventilator. But - I could hear my family's voices in the room with me. I knew where they were at. And, as much as I tried to... I couldn't move my real body or talk to them.

"I did have a bit of an out-of-body experience. People to this day have no idea how I can recall where they were sitting in the room and the exact conversations they had."

The social media user said she learned quite a few lessons thanks to her near-death experience - including 'learning to live in the moment', 'never going to sleep with any regrets' and 'slowing down to enjoy the beauty in life'.

All in all, she wrapped it all up really nice when she said: "[My] perspective has wholly changed."

However, the woman said she now suffers from a mild form of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) as a result of her near-miss with the cashew nut.

According to the NHS, this is a condition which causes people's heart rates to shoot up rapidly when they stand up after sitting or lying down causing symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Stock Images

Topics: Health, Reddit