Looking back when I worked ICU and having patient tell me what they had seen etc. I do believe that folks who received no medication other than the meds needed to restart their heart told the most stories and retain their memories. I have seen these same patient the next day and they didn’t remember anything they had mentioned the day before right after being resuscitated.
Brain death has been in the headlines this past week as the family of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead by medical professionals following complications of a tonsillectomy, fights to keep her tethered to life support machines. The case has sparked debate about what it means to truly be brain dead, who gets to make the decision to terminate life support and just when exactly all hope of recovery is truly lost. While conventional wisdom is that once there is no longer any measurable brain activity, a person is dead, practitioners of so-called resuscitation medicine say that they have found evidence of consciousness after death.
Dr. Sam Parnia, a doctor and practitioner of resuscitation medicine at New York’s Stony Brook University Hospital, has worked extensively to “bring people back from the dead” and the stories they tell have…
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