After being revived, a woman who had been clinically dead for almost 30 minutes wrote an urgent message.
According to Yahoo, Tina Hines of Phoenix, Arizona, had a severe heart attack in 2018 after hiking with her husband. The story was first revealed on the Instagram page of Madie Johnson, the niece of the mother of four, who posted a picture of her most recent tattoo along with the amazing backstory.
Johnson disclosed in the post that, shortly after her aunt’s resuscitation, she had tattooed the scribbled statement she had written on a piece of paper.
“A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest,” the post began.
Johnson continued: “She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousin’s journal wrote ‘it’s real’.”
In her Instagram post, Hines reportedly made reference to heaven, which she claims is where she saw herself after passing away. “I love you [Tina]! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love,” the text on Instagram concluded.
Suede Silver, Johnson’s tattoo artist, also posted pictures of the inking and information about their family on Facebook.
The family’s story undoubtedly struck a chord with many readers in the comments, as one Facebook user noted: “I’ve seen it. Most beautiful feeling in the world. I was in a warm, bright and beautiful place. Trying to get to some people in front of me. I wanted to get to them so bad but I guess it wasn’t my time to stay.”
A second added: “I died in 2009 and experienced the beauty of Heaven and the immense love of God. It changed me forever. I was a simple school teacher, wife and mom who secretly doubted if God could love me. Boy did I find out!”
Scientific research has shown that Hines’ experience is not unique. According to a 2013 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the brain can experience increased consciousness at the point of near-death after a cardiac arrest.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Jimo Borjigin, told the BBC that “a lot of people thought that the brain after clinical death was inactive or hypoactive […] if anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state.”
The study found that the dramatic sensations that survivors so eloquently reported may be caused by near-death encounters, which are essentially electrical spikes in the brain. But as Hines and those who responded to her account show, a lot of people think the experience was spiritual, as well.
Hines has employed her harrowing yet miraculous experience to serve as a Christian motivational speaker and has even written a book about how facing death has affected her life.