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Stopped heart and no brain waves

A mother of three, 35 year old Pam Reynolds lay on the operating table in the summer of 1991 with a life-threatening bulge in her brain.  

Doctor Robert Spetzler, the director of the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix had arranged for Pam to be hooked up to a brainstem monitoring machine.  And other machines tracked Pam's heatbeat, temperature, breathing and other vital signs.  Additionally, Pam's eyes were taped shut. Pam was also under anesthesia.  Doctor Spetzler had to stop Pam's heart which caused all bodily signs to cease.  

Shortly after Doctor Spetzler turned on the surgical saw to begin cutting through Pam's skull, Pam felt herself "pop" outside her body and hover above the operating table to a position where she could hover over Doctor Spetzler's shoulders where she could observe the operation on her motionless body below.

From this position she saw Doctor Spetzler working on her with a saw which looked to her like an electric toothbrush.  Pam heard and reported later what nurses in the operating room had said and exactly what was happening during the operation.

A little while into the operation, Doctor Spetzler ordered that Pam's blood begin to drain from her body. Still every monitor attached to Pam's body registered "no life".

Pam found herself going from monitoring the operation above the table to traveling down a "tunnel" which had a light at the end.  At the end of this tunnel Pam could see her relatives and friends waiting, including her long-dead grandmother.  Time and all worries seemed to stop for Pam.

It wasn't long, however, before a "dead" uncle led her back to her body.

Reentering her body felt to Pam like "plunging into a pool of ice".



THE ABOVE STORY was reported in the August 2003 Reader's Digest.

What is important about this story is that with no brain wave function, no heart function, and blood being drained from her - Pam's is a case that just about rules out any "hallucinations" from chemical or psychological reasons.  Combine this with the preponderance of evidence from thousands of similar near death experiences - and any thinking person would have to be led to the belief that the "soul" is cognitive, and that it survives death....

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