A person believes he received a sign from his mother that he needs to remain in this world when he clinically died for a few minutes after he suffered a stroke.
The man gives his name as David said his heart stopped beating as he moved over what he believed to be the afterlife.
David said: “Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning.
“Time seemed to have stopped or didn’t matter. Things were moving forward but it wasn’t ‘time’.”
However, this was not the weirdest thing which happened to David during his experience.
Writing for the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, he said: “I was above and looking down at myself on the stretcher.
“I did not see what was happening to me or what the paramedic was doing.
“Instead, I saw my mom, who had passed away only a few months prior.
“She was sitting down. She was not upset or panicked. Rather she had a sense of being very calm and she had a quietness.
“Somehow we spoke to each other or rather she spoke to me. She told me that there wasn’t anything she could do to change the outcome of what was going on and that what happened was out of her control.
“She told me that whatever was going to be, that I wouldn’t go through it alone because she was going to be there with me.”
It was not until after David was succesfully resucitated that he realised people were aware of what he was seeing.
David claims while he was unconscious he asked the nurse for a notebook.
He explains: “The nurse took a notebook from the drawer in the bedside table and showed me a picture. She said when I first got into the room, I asked her for something to write on.
“She didn’t realise what the picture was until I started to tell her. I had drawn a picture of what I saw about what had happened in the back of the ambulance.
“It was a picture of me lying on the stretcher and my mom was there with me.”
Scientists discovered people who have suffered from near death experiences (NDEs) often have different sleeping patterns to those who have not ‘seen the other side’.
Researchers found those who have suffered an NDE often have irregularities in their deep sleep state.
The study analysed 55 people who had been in a “life-threatening episode of danger”, such as a car crash or heart attack, when a person experiences a variety of feelings. These include a sense of being outside of one’s physical body, unusual alertness, seeing an intense light, and a feeling of peace.
It also looked at 55 people who had not had an NDE.
The research found the people with NDEs are more likely to have a condition called REM-intrusion which sees individuals struggle to differentiate between just waking up and a dream – or when a state of sleep intrudes into wakeful consciousness.