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Man loses pulse for 45 minutes, wakes up with incredible vision of afterlife

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (PIX11) – A trucker in Ohio shocked hospital staff after coming back to life nearly an hour after he lost his pulse following a massive heart attack — but it’s what he claims to have seen during those tense moments that has him sure there’s an afterlife.

Brian Miller, 41, was opening the lid of a container when he knew something felt wrong — he immediately called 911 and told the operator, “I’m a truck driver and I think I’m having a heart attack.”

Sure enough, his main artery was completely blocked — causing what’s known as a “widow-maker” heart attack, Fox 8 Cleveland reported.

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Brian Miller, 41, is miraculously functioning normally after being technically dead for 45 minutes following a massive heart attack.

He was rushed to a local hospital where doctors managed to revive him and clear the blockage, but after regaining consciousness and feeling the pain dissipate, he developed ventricular fibrillation, when the heart starts quivering wildly and is unable to pump blood.

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“He had no heart rate, he had no blood pressure, he had no pulse,” said ICU nurse Emily Bishop. “I mean think about that.”

Doctor’s performed “strong, hard, fast CPR” and shocked Miller four times to try to revive him, but had no luck.

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After the heavenly vision Miller claims, “there is an afterlife and people need to believe in it, big time.”

It was during that time that Miller said he slipped away into a celestial world, “The only thing I remember I started seeing the light, and started walking toward the light.”

He described walking down a flower-lined path into white light — until he came upon his step mother, who had died recently, “She was the most beautiful thing when I seen her, it was like the first day I met her, (she) looked so happy.”

Miller remembered, “She grabbed ahold of my arm and told me, ‘It’s not your time, you don’t need to be here, we’ve got to take you back you’ve got things to go and do.’”

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ICU nurse at Ahuja Medical Center Emily Bishop calls Miller’s recovery “amazing.”

After 45 minutes his pulse returned “out of nowhere,” Bishop said.  “His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes, the fact that he’s up walking, talking, laughing, everything is amazing.”

Glad to be back amongst the living, Miller now says there is one thing he is sure of, “There is an afterlife and people need to believe in it, big time.”

33 comments

  • Foxx

    I’m so happy he got the chance to see the after life but I’m very happy that he got the chance to come back safe and sound. He’s a blessing in gods eyes . Amen

    • gilgaustus

      The brain was under a lot of stress and the rest of the body was affected. The brain needs to be active all the time, if it doesn't have a body that responds to it, it freaks out and starts sending signals, which may cause hallucinations.

      • Rynzo

        Nonsense, nearly all NDE's report similar experiences involving white lights and loved ones or other beings. There is a uniformity in these reports, it is not a product of random chaotic signals.

      • gilgaustus

        At the time I wrote my comment, I went off with what I thought what happened. In that time I learned what actually does. When the brain's oxygen levels are low, it releases a naturally-ocurring chemical known as DMT, which is a powerful hallucinogen, which its side-effects include an out-of-body feel, euphoria, and vivid hallucinations. This can also be induced on the brain by subjecting oneself to a pilot's G-force test. Some of the pilot's that go through that report similar dreams to that of NDE's. Also, it involving white lights, loved ones, or other beings is no proof against it. You just can't recognize the error in logic you've committed by relying too much on our flawed pattern recognition skills. Procter hoc ergo procter hoc logical fallacy.

    • Seth

      What is more "real" than chemical reactions in the brain? That's the foundation of all of our conscious and unconscious thought, the very nature of what makes us alive.

      • BlogMan

        The reality of chemical reactions in the brain are never reliable. Think LSD, MJ, oxygen depravation, dreams, optical illusions, mirages, unrestrained imagination, etc. The brain can play really funny tricks on us making us think something that's purely hallucinatory is reality.

        Nothing in this story is not explainable in the natural world (one that is not subject to supernatural beings.)

      • David

        I dream things, actual events that I witness, before they happen. Do not tell me its chemicals in my brain. Chemicals cannot foresee future events. I believe this because I know there is more to us than what we see. I believe there is an afterlife, and I believe in Jesus because of personal experiences.

      • gilgaustus

        You having a dream about something similar that happened in a similar way in real life is not evidence for anything. You just connected two completely isolated events, as if one caused the other, but, that's flawed logic. Procter hoc ergo procter hoc logical fallacy. Your and my brain have the same capacity to dream. Chemicals do not forsee future events, that is true, but neither can you. Everything you are, think, believe, know, is just a chemical reaction in the brain. I can imagine a Hindu saying the same thing about Krishna, and it would sound just as valid as Jesus. The problem with believing in an afterlife is the simple fact that we can never know whether there is an afterlife or not, since we can never prove it, I prefer not to believe in it. If you show me overwhelming evidence though, then I will.

      • gilgaustus

        You having a dream about something that happened in a similar way in real life is not evidence for anything.*

    • Erwin

      chemical reactions for 45 minutes? Can chemical reactions help us differentiate what is right and morally wrong? What is good and bad? And which studies have replicated this phenomenon with the same expected parameters eg. tunnel light, persons deceased, messaging?

  • Mike

    If you read the part that said "His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes" and you still somehow decided to dismiss the thought that this was a hallucination– you are being entirely dishonest and illogical in order to make room for your wishful thinking.

    Stories like these are only good to showcase a medical rarity, any fluff about someone seeing an afterlife is nothing more than hallucinated speculation to cater to whatever the subject's personal beliefs about the afterlife are. Seeing a white light that he had to walk toward where he was met by a dead relative… seems fairly similar to how most people would imagine an afterlife to look. Do you honestly believe that if he believes he's going to die and is rapidly losing oxygen to his brain– he won't hallucinate something that falls in line with how he previously envisioned dying to be?

    • NMN

      Love how people love science and believe it reliable when it says something like "no oxygen for 45 minutes" (which most likely he had), but hates it and thinks is a bunch of lies when scientist say there is no proof god.

  • MaxAxe

    well his wife and those other 2 fatties on the couch better start eating better and losing weight or they'll be seeing the light soon too.

    • gilgaustus

      The brain was under a lot of stress and the rest of the body was affected. The brain needs to be active all the time, if it doesn't have a body that responds to it, it freaks out and starts sending signals, which may cause hallucinations. Personal experiences like these are not proof. Medical rarities is no proof to show a divine creator. I'm sure the atheist that had a medical rarity happen to him didn't immediately claim he saw an afterlife.

      • brian

        if the brain does not have oxagen for over two minutes it starts to die. So if he lost oxygen for 45 minutes and still somehow lived he would more or less be a vegetable or at the very best mentally retarded.

      • gilgaustus

        At the time I wrote my comment, I went off with what I thought what happened. In that time I learned what actually does. When the brain's oxygen levels are low, it releases a naturally-ocurring chemical known as DMT, which is a powerful hallucinogen, which its side-effects include an out-of-body feel, euphoria, and vivid hallucinations. This can also be induced on the brain by subjecting oneself to a pilot's G-force test. Some of the pilot's that go through that report similar dreams to that of NDE's. I have a problem with saying it was for 45 minutes as well, was he being monitored for the duration of the 45 minutes? They did not mention that. Anyway, it is all scientifically explain, so you can take your silly superstitions elsewhere.

  • BlogMan

    God zero-evidenced, mythical skyman. Just one shred of verifiable, actual evidence would convince me of his existence.

    Don't come to me with experience, my personal relationship, rhetoric from the bible, or any other tired an worn out BS that begs and pleads for belief based on useless "proofs".

  • nunya

    This nurse is a complete moron. The point of doing CPR is to provide the brain and other tissues with oxygen. The brain did not go 45mins without oxygen

  • Accurate

    I hate how "enligthened" atheists try to be. We honestly don't know shit about whats going to happen when it comes down to it.

  • Bill

    The nurse is probably not a moron, reporter most likely got it wrong. Unless hospital declared him dead and stop treatment, he had oxygen. Chest compressions were keeping the oxygenated blood moving through his body

  • Ryan

    EMT/nursing student who has been on countless codes (cardiac/respiratory arrest):

    We know for a fact that brain cell death occurs 4-5 minutes without oxygenated blood flow. When he went into cardiac arrest, staff immediately begins high quality chest compressions and inserts an endotreacheal tube (tube in his throat) in his airway and administers 100% concentrated oxygen. While this is being done, the nurses are administering medications like epinephrine and nor epinephrine to mimic his bodies sympathetic nervous system, causing his heart to contract faster and more forcefully. While this is happening, the doctors are watching his ECG (electro cardiogram) on the monitor, looking for a safe heart rhythm to shock (shocking in some rhythms are either pointless, or cause cause more harm to the patient).

    That being said, if the brain was "without oxygen for 45 minutes," the patient would be dead as a rock, no exception. Lets assume for a second that his brain did start working again and started sending nerve impulses down his phrenic nerve to his heart… his cardiac tissue would be dead after not receiving blood for that long.

    It's important to know the difference between dead and alive. When you witness someone go into cardiac arrest, they aren't actually dead until cell death has occurred. This means that if you are performing high quality CPR, their cells are receiving oxygenated blood (only for a few minutes though unless you're giving them puffs of air), and are NOT dead.

    While I understand the hardship, stress, and fear that bystanders and family experience when witnessing a family member in cardiac arrest, I find it offensive that they would attribute 100's of years of knowledge and medical advancement to their beloved god. If they want to thank god for saving their family members life, they can also thank god for almost killing him too.

    I hope I cleared some things up for people who don't have a background in the medical field.

  • Tommy Boyle

    I experianced exactly the same as he did only i wasnt ill and had just gone to bed.I floated up to the ceiling and turned over to see myself and couldn't stop laughing,i turned over again and went down a long tunnel with a light at the end,i managed to get through and was on a path in a lovely sunny garden with a lot of flowers where i met my mother coming from the other direction.We had a discussion about how is this possible that she was dead but in between she kept emphasizing its not your time you must go back and in the end she shouted go back before its to late and i was back in my body covered in sweat but with a lovely calm feeling and as mad as it might seem i know it was real,i would be the first to laugh if someone else told me this in the past but i know what i felt and it was awesome,so relaxing,calm and beautiful!

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