Life is a beach: Woman, 32, who claims she died and came back to life reveals what the afterlife is like: ‘There was sand and a strange man’
A woman who claims she died and came back to life has revealed what it’s like on the other side.
Courtney Santiago, 32, said she was dead for about 40 seconds during the ordeal but it “felt like a lifetime.”
Ms Santiago underwent a breast MRI scan in July last year, which she does regularly because she has a gene that puts her at risk for breast cancer.
After the IV was put in, her body went into shock and her heart rate and blood pressure plummeted. Within seconds she lost consciousness.
In a video on TikTok, Ms. Santiago said, “There was no concept of time at all, just the feeling of complete peace.”
“I wasn’t worried about leaving my body, my life, my son, or my family and friends — none of that felt important,” she said.
She slipped into a “dream state,” where she stood on the beach in front of a man she had never met, but felt she had known forever.
Courtney Santiago, 32, claims she had a near-death experience after passing out during a routine MRI. “I wasn’t worried about leaving my body, my life, my son, or my family and friends — none of that felt important,” she said.
The man told her that everything was fine and that it was not yet her time to go.
Suddenly her environment began to change. She was in the mountains, then in the backyard of her childhood home and other places where she felt most connected to nature.
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Doctors surveyed more than two dozen patients in the US and Britain whose hearts suddenly stopped in hospital, but then recovered.
Their experiences included “evaluating life,” such as seeing memories replay and judging how they had treated others throughout their lives.
Some patients remembered feeling the effects of the CPR on their body as it was taking place (file image)
Ms. Santiago claimed that once she woke up, she was unable to speak and her body felt completely stiff.
Tests revealed she had vasovagal syncope, a condition in which patients faint from overreacting to certain triggers, such as blood or emotional stress. In response, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, reducing blood flow to the brain. This causes you to lose consciousness for a moment.
Although the heart may drop for up to 10 seconds, the condition is not life-threatening.
“I’m 100 percent sure what I saw was the ‘in-between’ and was much more than a fainting spell,” Ms. Santiago said.
In a series of TikTok videos, Ms. Santiago said she felt like something could go wrong during the MRI. “When we die we are not gone and where we go we are happy,” she said.
Weeks before the episode, she had suffered a bad breakup and the death of a friend. This may have contributed to the near-death experience, she said.
A near-death experience (NDE) is triggered during a special life-threatening situation, such as when the body is seriously injured or someone’s heart stops.
Experts believe that 10 to 20 percent of people whose hearts have stopped have a near-death experience.
This is five percent of the total population.