Video Neurosurgeon died

As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father's path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.

The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didn't mean they had journeyed anywhere real. I've spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold—as I myself did—to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us
In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was inactivated, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.

I know how pronouncements like mine sound to skeptics, so I will tell my story with the logic and language of the scientist I am. Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortex—the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human—had shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.

When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline.

Alexander discusses his experience on the Science channel's 'Through the Wormhole.' Then, on the morning of my seventh day in the hospital, as my doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open.

All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent.

It took me months to come to terms with what happened to me. Not just the medical impossibility that I had been conscious during my coma, but—more importantly—the things that happened during that time.

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It is difficult for most people to talk about death.

  • The best way is to think how young children approach death. With wonderment. Young children do not fear death. Adults need PROOFS and we are providing conclusive scientific evidence on this website that consciousness continued after the brain has died. the joyful message that death is not the end but a new beginning.
  • We invite you to spend a few minutes studying the slide show as it gives an extra-ordinary insight how children, who had Near Death Experience (N.D.E.)tried to explain their experience both in words ( "I saw the sun and it had a happy face") and in pictures. But there is much more.
  • In the VIDEO section (see menu) you wil see a blind woman who could SEE after she died. We also included a video of a renowned neuro-surgeon (Harvard university) who as most doctors didn't believe in afterlife but ........ after his own N.D.E. experience changed completely.
  • In the section LINKS we provided for those who are very critical some extracts from scientific studies and the conclusions are baffling! The reason why we got interested in this subject is that my wife and myself spent several years in the cancer ward of a children hospital where death is a daily occurrence. Our son Alexander passed away when he was 11 years and 11 months old ...
  • This website is a celebration of his life and hopefully can help parents who experienced a similar tragedy. It is difficult for most people to talk about death. The best way is to think how young children approach death. With wonderment. We invite you to spend a few minutes studying the slide show as it contains the joyful message that death is not the end but a new beginning.

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