Of the 2,060 patients enrolled in the study, 330 survived and were able to complete structured interviews about their memories of the event. They found that 39% of these individuals described some awareness of the time preceding resuscitation, i.e. when their hearts had stopped beating. The majority of these patients, however, did not have specific memories of the event, that many people do indeed have mental activity during cardiac arrest, but lose their memories after recovery. According to lead author
I don’t think science has fully answered some of these questions, but I hope it will in my lifetime. As for those for which we have answers, you and I may disagree about decisions make in light of the data. But so what?
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