May 3, 2012


I drowned, my heart stopped, but I was quickly revived. 
I was acutely aware of my mortality, and my consciousness lasted for at least 2 minutes. I lost all sensation. Then I had hallucinations. I didn't experience the 'bright light' some near-death folks describe. 
It was very much like falling asleep, except being aware that I probably wouldn't wake up. I was scared. I remember feeling my heart go still. 
My first sensation upon revival was the crushing pain in my chest from cracked ribs. Breathing was very difficult. Coughing up the remaining water was excruciating. But I realized instantly I'd been rescued.
- an account of dying on Reddit

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