I’ve heard countless stories of people and their brushes with the afterlife.
Each varies in details, but the main theme stays the same: bright lights. Angels. Encounters with those who have gone before us.
Unfortunately, some stories are fraudulent, such as the case with Alex Malarkey.
Malarkey, who claimed to have died and visited Heaven as a young boy, later recanted his story. His narration was documented in the best-selling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.
But what if some tales of life after death are true? What if some actually did go to Heaven and return?
Thankfully, there are some who don’t appear to be in it for the money.
Brian, a 41 year-old truck driver, was delivering metal to a warehouse when he felt a searing pain in his chest. Clutching his left shoulder, he dialed 911.
“I’m a truck driver, and I think I’m having a heart attack.”
Brian was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered a typically-fatal condition: a complete blockage of the main artery – often referred to as the “widow-maker.”
Tim Russert, former NBC News reporter, died from a similar blockage.
After emergency surgery, Brian seemed to have recovered. He was talking, sitting up, and laughing.
However, the worst was ahead of him.
Suddenly, his heart went ballistic. It entered ventricular fibrillation, or v-fib. As he flat lined, medical staff tried frantically to revive him. They were aware mere moments of oxygen loss could lead to permanent brain damage.
Despite their frenzied efforts, Miller was pronounced dead.
“He had no heart rate. He had no blood pressure. He had no pulse; his brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes,” said ICU nurse Emily Bishop.
It was at that moment, it seems, Brian entered a different reality.
“I started to see a light and I started to walk toward the light,” he said. “It opened into a most beautiful path with flowers.”
Then he saw Kay, his mother-in-law. She had died from cancer just ten days prior.
“She was the most beautiful thing when I saw her, just like the day I first met her,” he recalled. “She looked so happy.”
Kay grabbed his arm. “It’s not your time. You don’t need to be here. We need to take you back. You have things to do at home,” she insisted.
Then – as suddenly as it had left – Brian’s soul rejoined his lifeless body.
His pulse returned.
His heart began to beat regularly again.
He was alive again.
Medical staff was confounded with his recovery. “Think about it. His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes. So the fact that he’s up walking, talking, and laughing is amazing,” said Bishop.
“There is an afterlife,” Brian stressed. “And people need to believe in it.”
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Until then, be blessed!
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