The person named Rhonda was suffering from severe flu as a child when she had a near death experience. According to Rhonda, she slipped into a deep sleep which was close to death. During this time, Rhonda said she, or at least her conscious, left her body and could see the entire room from the point of view of the ceiling.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Rhonda said: “When I was about 5 or so years old, I had the flu and a high fever.
“I was so terrified of doctors, that it took several nurses to hold me down to get my regular immunisations.
“I remember lying on the couch trying to take a nap. The next thing I remember is hearing my mother on the phone with the doctor. But I was on the ceiling looking down at myself.
“I was not really alarmed at this and it did not hurt or anything. The experience lasted a couple minutes.
“Then, I must have gone back to sleep or something as that was the last thing I remember of that experience.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”