we rescued a little bird that was very cold. It actually rolled over with feet in air like died. Then warmth of hubby's hands must have revived it because it 'came back to life'. Continued to keep it warm & give it fluids & some ground up fish (was a young kingfisher) until could get it to a wildlife carer. She was surprised we managed to keep it alive for over 24 hours
I watched a TV programme about the subject of people declared dead but weren't. It said that this is more common than thought. It mentioned an old graveyard, which was being dug up, and it was discovered that a quarter of the coffins showed signs that the person had been buried alive. Apparently there is a fine line between life and death, and doctors don't always get it right. I don't know which would be worse - to wake up under 6 feet of earth or in the flames of cremation.
my sister used to have a warped sense of humour before she went all pious. I remember telling her about an article I read about how people get skewered by the drive shaft of American cars & she said 'then they catch fire, and you've got kebabs!'
I read a story about a woman declared dead in a hospital, they were waiting for the funeral home to pick up the body, and she came back to life. She'd been dead for about five hours. The doctors were adamant that she had been dead.
many years ago I heard the testimony of a man that woke up in a morgue. He had a near-death-experience and converted to christianity. Quite an interesting story. I've since learned that NDEs are surprisingly common, and most people report pleasant recollections.
There have also been cases where people have been chilled very quickly by falling in iced water or similar then come 'back to life' when warmed up
I've never been interested enough to read about near death experiences. You just couldn't know if they were dreaming or it was real. I'm afraid I've always accepted the medical explanation; but I suppose if it happened to me I'd change my tune. Personal experience is a powerful motivator.
I do know that every older person I know who has died slowly has spent a percentage of their final days talking to long dead relatives who they saw in the room. It makes me sometimes wonder.
I researched some for my hub about death (a christian requested I write one). They think the 'white light/tunnel' phenomenon is the optic nerve shutting down. The majority of people had pleasant experiences, often with deities of the religion of their culture.
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