When the heart stops working the doctors claim that the patient is dead and when people die their entire body organs cease to perform. It was the notion so far in medical and general perception, but according to a recent research, this concept is not entirely correct. The study claims that human brain still works even after the heart stops functioning and that moment the dead people can listen to their death announcement. This research has given a whole new perspective to the extension of consciousness after there is no sign of life in a body.
Dr. Sam Parnia and his team of medical practitioners researched the people who suffered cardiac arrest and were pronounced as dead but later they were revived. These patients made the shocking revelation when asked about the moments the doctors declared them dead. Some of the patients revealed that they were in full consciousness, even when their heart stopped working. They were able to see things going around and could hear the conversation of the medics present in the operation theatre. The medical and nursing staff present later verified the recollections of the patient.
The director of critical care and resuscitation research at New York University Langone School of Medicine, Dr. Sam Parnia said that the patient described watching doctors and nurses working and they explained having an awareness of conversation and of visual things that were going on, which would otherwise not to be known to them.
According to the medical definition, the phenomenon, when the heart stops beating and cuts off the blood supply to the brain is called death. As per this definition of death, the brain should also stop functioning and should not be able to keep the body alive. Dr. Parnia described that the cerebral cortex, which is the thinking part of the brain also slows down and eventually results in death. The research team is also studying the human mind and the consciousness in the context of death.
The researchers conducted experiments on the same issue in other parts of the world as well. In March 2017, a team of Canadian intensive care has discovered that a patient had a persistent brain activity for up to ten minutes after death. Recently, a Hollywood film titled ‘Flatliners’ also suggested that death resuscitation could enhance brain activity after revival. According to Dr. Parnia, in the real-life scenario, a person having a near death experience doesn’t acquire mental superpowers but gets a new perspective on life. He added that these profound experiences transform a person positively. Such person becomes altruistic and gets engaged in helping others.