A Swedish man claims that he had died not once, but twice, but lived each time to tell the world how being dead felt like.
In an online “Ask Me Anything” interview on Reddit on Tuesday, the man, who goes by the handle r00tdude, and who has later been identified as Sasha Eliasson, talked about what it feels like to be clinically dead.
Mr. Eliasson says he was dead twice, “for about two minutes at a time”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Sasha Eliasson claims he died for about two minutes on two occasions: once after a bike crash and another time after his pulse to drop to around 10 bpm and his respiratory system eventually shut down.
His first “death” came immediately after a motorcycle accident. His body shut down from the pain and physical damages. He had no pulse, no breathing and no consciousness.
Mr. Eliasson’s second “death” occurred when, in agonizing pain after surgery, he was given “loads of pain killers”. The pain, coupled with the huge volume of pain killers, caused his pulse to drop to around 10 bpm and his respiratory system eventually shut down.
Describing himself as a life-long atheist, Mr. Eliasson said that each time he experienced “just black emptiness”, devoid of any thoughts of consciousness.
He compared the experience to taking a “short, dreamless nap” and added that he only realized that he had temporarily died because the doctors had to tell him. He wrote:
“So yeah, you were dead for a couple of minutes, just fyi” hahaha.
2. Eliasson, who described himself as a life-long atheist, said that both times he experienced ‘just black emptiness’ devoid of any thoughts.
Mr. Eliasson said that his goal in life now, post-death, is to have fun and make other people’s lives better. He wrote:
No personal achievement will matter to me once I’m dead. The only thing that will live on after my death will be my impact on the people that are still alive.
He explained that dying twice has made it easier for him to cope with his own mortality and to accept the inevitable end as a given. He wrote:
All you have to do is accept that death is what it is, a part of life, then you will understand that it is nothing to be afraid of. Once you’re dead, that’s it, it’s over.
In July of last year, Mr. Eliasson posted an online message to friends, informing them that on June 25 he was riding his motorcycle on a highway when he ran into a construction site. He slammed on the brakes, but lost control of his bike, crashed and suffered a broken knee, shin and ankle.
3. He added that both “death” experiences felt roughly the same, with the only difference being that in the bike accident he remembered the seconds before everything around him went to black.
Eliasson’s second encounter with death occurred after a surgery. He wrote that his body was in agony, so he took so many pain killers that his pulse plummeted to 10 bpm and his respiratory system temporarily failed.
According to Mr. Eliasson, his broken body shut down from the intense pain, and for about two minutes he had no pulse, breathing or consciousness. He recalled:
Both times I was just “not there”. It was just all black. I would describe it as when you take a nap. A short nap with no dream, you wake up and it feels like you’ve been sleeping a long time, when in reality it’s only been about 15 minutes.
Asked what he felt in the moment he died, the Redditor explained that it was like as though someone had turned an on / off switch.
He explained that both “death” experiences felt about the same, with the only difference being that in the bike crash he remembered the seconds before everything about him turned to black.
Mr. Eliasson also challenged stories of other people who have claimed to have been conscious during clinical death. He wrote:
I think that in their cases, their minds were still active. What they experienced was just a sort of dream.
4. Sasha recreated his favourite Batman scene while in hospital.
Following his two close calls, the Redditor said that he is no longer afraid to take risks in life. However, for the sake of his family and friends, Mr. Eliasson did give up on riding motorcycles.
He wrote that being at death’s door before the age of 23 did nothing to alter his views on religion and God. He wrote:
I have always been an atheist, but I have always had a part of me that hoped there was a God or Heaven or something greater than us. I am still an atheist, and now I know that there is no such thing as God or Heaven. At least not for me.
Mr. Eliasson also expressed strong views on the subject of organ donation, declaring that he plans to give up his entire body to help others when his time comes. He wrote:
I believe that it’s super selfish to hold on to your organs when you have literally NO use for them.
Quizzed about his attitude towards mortality, the Redditor revealed that he now fears death less than ever before. He stated:
I know now that death is nothing worse than sleeping. When you die, you just stop existing, nothing to worry about!
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