Cardiologist researches near-death experiences...and finds a consciousness AFTER DEATH that he can't convey scientifically
By Dr. Paul Byrne, MD, Life Guardian Foundation
"After true death (mors vera) vital organs are so damaged that organs cannot be transplanted. After circulation and respiration has stopped, within 4-5 minutes the heart and liver are corrupted to such a degree that they are not suitable for transplantation. For kidneys this time is about 30 minutes. After true death skin, bones, cornea, veins, heart valves and connective tissues can be transplanted. Note that these are tissues, not organs."
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"What happens when you die..."
From the article:
"Dr. Sam Parnia of the University of Southampton studied 2,600 patients who intimately know what happens when you die. After suffering a cardiac arrest, these patients were revived after their brain functions were supposed to have stopped. None of them recall walking toward a bright light, but many recall detailed events after being declared medically dead, with 46 percent experiencing real events that occurred in the operating room.
"A good nine percent claimed to have had a near death experience, and even two percent, or 52 people, claimed to have had visual out of body experiences. Unfortunately, death is not as peaceful as we might hope, since many just recall feeling fear.
"The biggest finding of the study was that the detailed events recalled by the patients actually corresponded to verified events.
“'This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating,” Dr. Parnia said according to Metro.
“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.”
In the end, the researchers believe the question of what happens when you die now “merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.” END
University of Southhampton
From the article:
“Contrary to popular perception,” Dr Parnia explains, “death is not a specific moment. It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working and the brain ceases functioning – a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death.
“During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process. What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process.”
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Not quite dead?: The case for caution in the definition of "brain death"
from the article - Quote by David Blake, executive director of the Center for Health Care Ethics at the St. Joseph Health System in Orange (article linked below)
"Christians should accept death and celebrate death as renewal, and celebrate death as a perfectly natural occurrence," Blake says. He continues:
"I don't understand how a concern for life can motivate someone to want to resist the moment of death, unless you have a rather peculiar, almost perverse view of what constitutes human life that it is a condition in regards to which there should be no end. . . . It's the whole sort of ideology of resisting [death] and fighting it, and looking upon it as demonic, that I think is so silly and un-Christian..."
The concern, Mr. Blake, is not that we don't want to die nor that we are "resist(ing) the moment of death" - it's that we want to be sure we are dead, that our soul has left our body, before you cut our hearts out. And to state publicly that you believe that people who don't accept that simply because YOU cannot find any activity in a patient's brain that we have a "...perverse view of what constitutes human life that it is a condition in regards to which there should be no end...." That is absurd and terribly insulting to many faithful Catholics who agree with the popes who have said WE MUST BE ABSOLUTELY SURE - and that we must NEVER take the life of a person.
Brain Death is Not Actual Death: Philosophical Arguments- Dr. Seifert
In a paper entitled “Brain Death is Not Actual Death: Philosophical Arguments,” Dr. Seifert makes a dramatic argument when he writes:
“During the first six weeks of pregnancy our body lives without a brain and hence our human life does not begin with the human brain. Certainly, the embryo is alive but his life is not bound to the functioning of his brain. Therefore, the thesis of brain death being the actual death of the person which ties human life inseparably to a functioning brain goes against this biological fact: the development of the embryonic body proves that the brain cannot be simply the seat of the human person’s life or soul. To hold the opposite view, you have to defend the position that the human soul is created or enters the body only after the human brain is formed.”