2023 Author: Adelina Croftoon | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 12:05
The workers of the St. Petersburg hospice are not surprised when the doctor dreams of his patient and thanks him for the care, for the touching attitude. And in the morning, having arrived at work, the doctor learns: the patient died at night …
She sees through everything …
Galina Lagoda was returning with her husband in a Zhiguli from a country trip. Trying to disperse on a narrow highway with an oncoming truck, my husband steered sharply to the right … The car crumpled against a tree standing by the road.
Galina was taken to the Kaliningrad regional hospital with severe brain damage, ruptured kidneys, lungs, spleen and liver, and many fractures. The heart stopped, the pressure was at zero.
“Having flown through the black space, I found myself in a shining space filled with light,” Galina Semyonovna tells me twenty years later. “Before me stood a huge man in dazzling white clothes.
I could not see his face because of the light flux directed at me. "Why did you come here?" he asked sternly. "I am very tired, let me rest a little." - "Rest and come back - you still have a lot to do."
Having regained consciousness after two weeks, during which she was balancing between life and death, the patient told the head of the resuscitation department Yevgeny Zatovka how the operations were carried out, which of the doctors stood where and what they did, what equipment was brought in, from which cabinets what was taken out.
After another operation on a shattered hand, Galina asked an orthopedic surgeon during the morning medical round: "How is your stomach?" From amazement, he did not know what to answer - indeed, the doctor was tormented by pains in the stomach.
Then the woman healed the sick. Especially successfully, literally in two sessions, healed fractures and ulcers. Galina Semyonovna lives in harmony with herself, believes in God and is not at all afraid of death.
I flew like a cloud
Yuri Burkov, a major in reserve, does not like to remember the past. His story was told by his wife Lyudmila:
- Yura fell from a great height, broke his spine and received a head injury, lost consciousness. After cardiac arrest, he lay in a coma for a long time.
I was under terrible stress. During one of her visits to the hospital, she lost her keys. And the husband, having finally regained consciousness, first of all asked: "Did you find the keys?" I shook my head in dismay. “They're lying under the stairs,” he said.
Only many years later he confessed to me: while he was in a coma, he saw my every step and heard every word - and no matter how far from him I was. He flew in the form of a cloud, including to the place where his deceased parents and brother live. The mother tried to persuade her son to return, and the brother explained that they were all alive, only they no longer had bodies.
Years later, sitting by the bedside of his seriously ill son, he reassured his spouse: “Lyudochka, don’t cry, I know for sure that he will not leave now. He will be with us for another year. " A year later, at the commemoration of his deceased son, he admonished his wife: “He did not die, but only before you and I moved to another world. Trust me, I was there."
Childbirth under the ceiling
“While the doctors were trying to pump me out, I observed an interesting thing: a bright white light (there is no such thing on Earth!) And a long corridor. And now I seem to be waiting to enter this corridor. But then the doctors resuscitated me. During this time I felt that THERE is very cool. I didn't even want to leave!"
These are the memories of 19-year-old Anna R., who survived clinical death. Such stories can be found in abundance on Internet forums where the topic of "life after death" is discussed.
Light in the tunnel
The light at the end of the tunnel, pictures of life sweeping before our eyes, a feeling of love and peace, meetings with deceased relatives and a certain luminous creature - patients who returned from the other world tell about this. True, not all, but only 10-15% of them. The rest did not see or remember anything at all. The dying brain does not have enough oxygen, so it is "buggy" - say skeptics.
Disagreements among scientists have reached the point that a new experiment was recently announced. For three years, American and British doctors will study the testimony of patients who have had heart failure or brain shutdown. Among other things, the researchers are going to put various pictures on the shelves in the intensive care units. You can see them only by soaring to the very ceiling. If patients who have experienced clinical death retell their content, it means that consciousness is really capable of leaving the body.
One of the first who tried to explain the phenomenon of near-death experience was Academician Vladimir Negovsky. He founded the world's first Institute of General Reanimatology. Negovsky believed (and since then the scientific view has not changed) that "the light at the end of the tunnel" is due to the so-called tubular vision. The cortex of the occipital lobes of the brain dies off gradually, the field of view narrows to a narrow strip, giving the impression of a tunnel.
In a similar way, doctors explain the vision of pictures of a past life, sweeping before the gaze of a dying person. Brain structures fade away and then recover unevenly. Therefore, a person manages to remember the most vivid events that have been deposited in his memory.
And the illusion of leaving the body, according to doctors, is the result of a failure of nerve signals. However, skeptics find themselves at a dead end when more tricky questions need to be answered. Why do people who are blind from birth at the time of clinical death see and then describe in detail what is happening in the operating room around them? And there is such evidence.
Leaving the body - a defensive reaction
Curiously, many scientists do not see anything mystical that consciousness can leave the body. The only question is what conclusion to draw from this. Dmitry Spivak, a leading researcher at the Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who is a member of the International Association for the Study of Near-Death Experiences, assures that clinical death is just one of the variants of an altered state of consciousness.
“There are a lot of them: these are dreams, drug experiences, stressful situations, and a consequence of illness,” he says. “According to statistics, up to 30% of people at least once in their life felt out of their bodies and observed themselves from the side.”
Dmitry Spivak himself investigated the mental state of women in labor and found out that about 9% of women during childbirth experience "out of the body"! Here is the testimony of 33-year-old S.: “During childbirth I had a lot of blood loss. Suddenly I began to see myself from under the ceiling. The pain sensations disappeared. And about a minute later, she also unexpectedly returned to her place in the ward and again began to experience severe pain."
It turns out that "leaving the body" is a normal phenomenon during childbirth. Some kind of mechanism inherent in the psyche, a program that works in extreme situations.
Undoubtedly, childbirth is an extreme situation. But what could be more extreme than death itself ?! It is not excluded that "flying in a tunnel" is also a protective program, which is included in a moment that is fatal for a person. But what will happen to his consciousness (soul) next?
“I asked one dying woman: if there really is something THERE, try to give me a sign,” recalls Andrei Gnezdilov, MD, who works at the St. Petersburg hospice. - And on the 40th day after death, I saw her in a dream. The woman said, "This is not death." Long years of work in the hospice convinced me and my colleagues: death is not the end, not the destruction of everything. The soul continues to live."
Polka dot cup and dress
This story was told by Andrey Gnezdilov, MD: “During the operation, the patient's heart stopped. The doctors were able to start it, and when the woman was transferred to the intensive care unit, I visited her. She complained that she was operated on by the wrong surgeon who promised.
But she could not see the doctor, being unconscious all the time. The patient said that during the operation, some force pushed her out of the body. She calmly looked at the doctors, but then horror seized her: what if I died before I could say goodbye to my mother and daughter? And her consciousness instantly moved home. She saw that her mother was sitting, knitting, and her daughter was playing with a doll.
A neighbor came in and brought a polka-dot dress for her daughter. The girl rushed to her, but touched the cup - it fell and broke. The neighbor said: “Well, that's good. Apparently, Yulia will soon be discharged. " And then the patient again appeared at the operating table and heard: "Everything is in order, she is saved." Consciousness returned to the body.
I went to visit the relatives of this woman. And it turned out that during the operation… a neighbor dropped in with a polka-dot dress for a girl and a cup was broken”.
This is not the only mysterious case in the practice of Gnezdilov and other employees of the St. Petersburg hospice. They are not surprised when the doctor dreams of his patient and thanks him for the care, for the touching attitude. And in the morning, having arrived at work, the doctor learns: the patient died at night …
What happens to the brain
1. Frontal, 2. Parietal, 3. Temporal, 4. Occipital, 5. Cerebellum
The occipital lobe of the brain is responsible for vision. When its bark has already suffered from a lack of oxygen and began to die, the central zone is still alive. This explains the vision of light at the end of the tunnel.
The main signs of clinical death:
- no breathing
- no heartbeat
- general pallor
- no reaction of pupils to light
When the temporal cortex is irritated, a sensation of leaving the body appears. The point of perception of one's body rises several meters higher. Recovery of the brain during revitalization goes from its ancient parts to its young. Memories of life events emerge from the earliest to the later.
During agony in the brain stem, the reflex can be closed to light. This makes the visual perception brighter, "unearthly". The duration of clinical death depends on how long the subcortex and cerebral cortex remain viable with a lack of oxygen. Scientists distinguish two terms:
1) 5-6 minutes. If this period is exceeded, the cerebral cortex may be “turned off”.
2) Tens of minutes. Observed in special conditions - with an electric shock, drowning, the use of certain medications, transfusion of donated blood, etc. The death of the higher parts of the brain slows down.
Victor Moroz, Director of the Institute of General Reanimatology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Chief Anesthesiologist and Reanimatologist of Russia, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences:
- The problem of the patient's visions and experiences during the period of clinical death is contrived and fictional. Everything 99.9% of what the paramedics talk about has nothing to do with medical practice.
Priest Vladimir Vigilyansky, head of the press service of the Moscow Patriarchate:
- Orthodox people believe in an afterlife and immortality. In the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, there are many confirmations and testimonies of this. We consider the very concept of death only in connection with the coming resurrection, and this mystery ceases to be such if we live with Christ and for the sake of Christ. “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die,” says the Lord (John 11:26).
According to legend, the soul of the deceased in the first days walks to those places in which it worked righteousness, and on the third day it ascends to heaven to the throne of God, where until the ninth day it is shown the abodes of the saints and the beauty of paradise. On the ninth day, the soul again comes to God, and it is sent to hell, where wicked sinners stay and where the soul goes through thirty days of ordeals (trials).
On the fortieth day, the soul again comes to the Throne of God, where it appears naked before the judgment of its own conscience: has it passed these tests or not? And even in the case when some trials convict the soul of its sins, we hope for the mercy of God, in whom all the deeds of sacrificial love and compassion will not remain in vain.