Intensive therapy nurse Penny Sartori, who works at Swansea’s Singleton and Morriston hospitals, developed an interest in the subject but found very little reference information was available.
Her new book, entitled Near Death Experiences of Hospitalized Intensive Care Patients – a Five Year Clinical Study, is the largest review of its kind and details Ms Sartori’s 10 year research project.
‘I carried out the study on a wide range of ICU patients and got the best results when I studied heart attack patients who nearly died,’ she said. ‘Reports included out-of-body experiences, people travelling down a tunnel towards a bright light and patients having their entire lives flash before them.’
Ms Sartori said she plans to continue her research into the phenomenon. ‘Current science says it is a by product of the brain,’ she said. ‘But it may be that consciousness is around us and the brain might be a mediator, an antenna, instead of controlling consciousness. It’s a fascinating subject and I look forward to continuing my research.’