We tend to think of death as kind of a permanent thing. Even people who believe in reincarnation think of it as coming back to a different body and a different life. But sometimes, a person will fall so ill or be so gravely injured that they die - but only for a little while.
It's those cases, when death is less than permanent, that we are going to talk about today.
Confidence Is Key<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI4ODkyMC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MjY4NTcyNH0.wg7y8AXZZidMSB1eeP5FY8yV-oI7yl35g_jtYlTFB-w/img.gif?width=980" id="75be9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="36e34c011f707d325a6e3ef307e4003a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Giphy<p>I fell 3 stories back on the 80's. Broke my sternum, most of ribs on my right side, my right arm, femur where the hip joint is and fractured my pelvis in many places.</p><p>I was alert while the fire department cut the fence down so the ambulance could get me out of the courtyard I was in. Also most of the ambulance ride. I knew I was in deep sh~t when the paramedic told the driver that I was code____ unknown and to redirect to another hospital.</p><p>I remember the paramedic trying to keep her balance while she was pulling stuff out of the upper cabinets because the ambulance was swaying real hard now.</p><p>Everything became really peaceful. I was now observing everything from a different angle. As if I was above and to the right of myself.</p><p>I came too while a surgeon was sewing my left eyelid back on. As it was partially torn off when I hit something on the way down.</p><p>He asked me how I felt, and seemed very curious if I saw anything.</p><p>I died in the ambulance that day. Shock is hell of a thing.</p><p>It changed my life in so many ways. I became much more happy.. I don't sweat the small stuff as much. It also somehow made me more confident.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/glli8c/serious_redditors_who_have_been_clinically_dead/fqykqzl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x" target="_blank">DorJammer</a></p>
A Soundproof Room<p>So let me preface this by saying I'm immuno compromised and that's why things went bad fast. </p><p>A few years ago I got an abscess in my lower back and about 4 hours after I started showing symptoms (fever, site inflammation, pain, etc.) I started going septic while waiting in the ER. Just started REALLY feeling like sh!t. </p><p>After being admitted and already started on some hardcore broad spectrum antibiotics, I just wasn't getting better. In fact I was getting worse, and I felt awful and it hurt so badly, but nothing showing up on CAT, MRI, or X-Ray to suggest an abscess. So they thought it was a skin infection.</p><p> About 3 days in, packed with ice bags, my temp was 104.7 and my organs were starting to shut down. It was weird because I went from feeling the most miserable I've ever felt, to peace, calm, pain free, and quiet. I couldn't hear anything. Like I had just been put in a soundproof room. </p>
Cease To Be<p>I woke up during surgery once and drowned in my own blood, I was clinically dead for about 3 minutes. I didn't see/hear anything. When I woke up I was totally unaware that anything had happened. </p><p>To me, everything had gone as planned and I had just woke up as planned. If it wasn't for the extra nurses/doctors around me, I'd have never known anything had gone wrong. </p><p>This is why I don't believe in heaven or hell. When we die, we simply cease to be.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/glli8c/serious_redditors_who_have_been_clinically_dead/fqy7uu8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x" target="_blank">cOnsumTs</a></p>
Blissful<p>When I was really young I went to a church party at a pastors house and went off the diving board to look cool in front of big kids. </p><p>Well, I couldn't swim so I immediately sank. I kept breathing in water every time I surfaced, then I remember feeling really tired and really calm. I looked towards the surface and saw it get further and further away everything grew dark. </p><p>Weird to say, but it was blissful. I felt nothing then remember hacking my lungs out, and nothing in between. Kid saw me and rushed over. </p><p>I don't remember being pulled out or the mouth to mouth, all I remember is coughing violently.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/glli8c/serious_redditors_who_have_been_clinically_dead/fqz1s1a?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x" target="_blank">John7763</a></p>
An Insufferable Bible Basher<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI4ODkyMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNTA2NTQ3NX0.JFSkQzR7VLnZukoLINndeouxJ-IFJmbyUvOK-JF_AME/img.gif?width=980" id="75b32" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c0482cc32ad42da2d6c2551ea01f84ce" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Giphy<p>When I was 7, I choked on a hot dog at a backyard BBQ. Because I was quietly sitting by myself in a corner, reading, nobody noticed me until I was already on the ground and blue. </p><p>My uncle pretty much shoved his whole hand down my throat to get the food out, then did mouth to mouth and cpr for 2 minutes until I was conscious. I slipped in and out if consciousness for the whole ambulance ride to the hospital, and I remember feeling like the oxygen mask was choking me, and fighting the EMTs who strapped me to the board. I spent the night in the hospital, with a concussion. </p><p>My grandmother fainted and hit her head when she thought I was gone, and they let us stay in a room together. She taught me how to play Gin that night.<br></p>
It Was Nothing<p>It was nothing. I overdosed. All I remember is right before and then waking up in the ambulance. It was just like sleeping.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/glli8c/serious_redditors_who_have_been_clinically_dead/fqz61fe?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x" target="_blank">horcruxez</a></p><p>Same. I've overdosed and it's exactly like falling asleep. You don't remember the exact moment you fall into sleep, you sort of just drift into the darkness. Kinda the best way to go In my opinion... until they hit you with the narcan and you freeze to death. </p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/glli8c/serious_redditors_who_have_been_clinically_dead/fqzb1ne?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x" target="_blank">BoKnows36</a></p>
Collective Knowledge<p>I died on the operating table. I was awake (emergency C-section) an artery was severed, I bled out. I knew instinctively I was dying. I heard myself flat line. There was this strange sensation like a suction pulling me out of myself, I saw my body, lifeless, masked doctors and nurses rushing about and then there was darkness. </p><p>I was aware that I was no longer an individual, but part of something so much bigger, there was no fear or pain, I was at peace. I knew as if being told, but not in words, almost a collective knowledge, that I had a choice to remain in that peace or to go back into my body. </p><p>As soon as I thought of my children, I was pushed violently back into my body, it seemed smaller than before, all the fear and pain rushed back. </p><p>I am <em>very different</em>.</p>
Life is so fragile. We hope and pray that there is an "after," after our last breathes. And some people say they can prove there is a life after death and a death after life....
Redditor u/NiekW274 wanted to hear from those of us who have lived, died and lived again by asking.... [Serious] People who have been clinically dead and brought back to life, what was your experience?