Image by Jia Sung.
In 1991, Pam Reynolds underwent surgery to remove a large aneurism from her brain stem. Doctors cooled her body to less than half of normal temperature and temporarily stopped her heart during the procedure. This is what she experienced.
Interview by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, originally recorded in 2009 for the NPR series Decoding the Mysteries of Near Death Experiences. Special thanks to Laura Kwerel for sending us the tape.
Final song: Believe by Amen Dunes, from the album Freedom on Sacred Bones Records.