Following a motorcycle accident, the man temporarily died before being resuscitated by paramedics. However, during his brief spell, the unnamed person believes he was greeted by a spirit which tried to lead him to the afterlife. Without words, this spirit introduced herself as Mary – believed to be the mother of Jesus Christ.
A person on Reddit with the username of jojewels92 gave the account of their uncle.
They wrote: “My uncle ‘died’ in a motorcycle accident and was later revived. He said when he was waiting for the ambulance to show up, a woman named Mary came and stayed with him.
“She told him everything would be okay and she would stay as long as he needed. He said he just felt this immense sense of calm and peace, that this woman made him warm and comfortable. He could see his surroundings and the truck driver who hit him.
“There was no woman and he was unconscious during this time. When they revived him at the hospital he said his throat burned when he took his first breath again.
“He wasn’t all there and he kept asking for the woman.”
Some researchers, however, said these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”