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A woman in the US wrote an eerie note to her family saying she had been to heaven after she died for 27 minutes before being resuscitated.
Tina Hines, from Phoenix, Arizona, went into cardiac arrest in February 2018 as she and her husband Brian were getting ready to go on a hike. She collapsed, with Brian giving her CPR and resuscitating her twice before paramedics arrived to take over.
As reported by AZfamily.com, on the way to the hospital, she was revived a further six times by medics, effectively dying for 27 minutes altogether.
She was intubated in hopsital, but miraculously awoke. As soon as he did she gestured for a pen and paper, and wrote a chilling message to her family.
In barely readable handwriting, she wrote 'it's real'. When she was asked what was real, she nodded upwards.
"It was so real, the colours were so vibrant," Tina told AZfamily.com.
She said she saw a figure that she believes was Jesus standing by some bright yellow, glowing gates.
Tina's near death experience, known as an NDE, is not that rare. Although most people have no memory of the period during which they were technically dead, around 10 to 20 percent have some sort of visual or sensory episodes during the time, according to studies.
Although they may seem mystical, scientists have been getting closer to finding out the truth of what happens druing so-called NDEs.
Researchers at University of Michigan did a study on rats in 2013. According to reports by the BBC, a surge of activity in the brain just before death is higher than during most waking, conscious state.
The leader of the study, Dr Jimo Borjigin, of the University of Michigan, said: "A lot of people thought that the brain after clinical death was inactive or hypoactive, with less activity than the waking state, and we show that is definitely not the case.
"If anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state."
The nine rats were monitored while they were dying, and in the 30-second period after the animal's hearts stopped beating, a sharp increase in high-frequency brainwaves was measured.
These pulses are one of the neuronal features that are thought to underpin consciousness in humans, especially when they help to "link" information from different parts of the brain.
Commenting on the research, Dr Jason Braithwaite, of the University of Birmingham, said that it was likely that the sudden surge of energy in the brain caused all sorts of 'striking' visions and colours, as well as emotions and feelings.
Tina and her family believe the message is clear though - heaven is real, with Tina's niece even getting the note tattooed on her wrist.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Tina Hines
Topics: US News
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