I was declared dead for 7 minutes. I did experience the ‘other world’. They speak of out-of-body experiences in books, prepare you for death, hell, they even have volumes written and shows made on what it is like to die. But what about when you die and come back? No one prepares you to wake up from death.
Many would give anything to come back from their death-bed, to start anew, to take the chances they missed and have a re-do. Science has tried to defy the mysteries of death, to find a way around it and to at least try to answer the questions of where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. It could be decades before a breakthrough in this space emerges, but we couldn’t hold our horses.
Bingedaily spoke to Virali Modi who has, in literal and figurative terms, gotten a new lease on life. She woke up from the dead.
Is it possible to wake up from death?
It is unusual but surprisingly not unheard of. Someone’s ‘last breath’ is just the first step of the process of dying, and hold on, it doesn’t always end in death! Several instances have emerged of people coming alive after having been pronounced dead.
While some cases are due to confusion over a heart rate that is at a snail pace, others are slightly more complicated and do not have a scientific explanation. But there are seldom cases of people springing back to life thrice.
Virali’s story is an exception.
It all started when she had a bout of ill health. What began as a fever led to hallucinations. The mystery was that the doctors couldn’t point out an underlying cause. While medicines relieved the fever, it would come back once the effect of the pills wore away.
After being admitted to hospital on an urgent basis, Virali’s heart stopped and was declared dead for the first time. Repeated CPR got her breathing again, albeit on a ventilator. Following a second spinal tap procedure, Virali slipped into a coma. The doctors asked the family if they wished to pull the plug, but her mother asked for her to be kept alive till her 15th birthday which was just a few days away.
On September 29, 2006, the day of her birthday as the family decorated the room and filled it with balloons and cake, and gathered around their little girl who was still in a coma, they were in for a startling moment - Virali opened her eyes.
She was just fine. While this was a medical account of the mysterious waking up from the dead, we asked Virali what really went through her mind while she was comatose.
Are people who wake up from death aware of what has happened around them?
Yes, confirms Virali. “I could hear what people around me were saying. And when they spoke about me, I cried. It was a subconscious process, but the depth was real.”
However, in Virali’s case, it wasn’t just being able to have a clue of what was going on around her. Instead, she felt like an outsider looking down below on the scene unfolding. “I would have dreams of what was happening to my physical body. I could see the doctors trying to revive me, my distraught family, my grieving parents, everything. Just like you’d see in a dream. The only difference was that this was real.”
Do people journey to the other world, while in a coma?
If you’ve ever given those books a read, the ones that describe what lies ahead of death, or the seven lives and the human karmic cycle, or the ones that go on to tell you the gory details about heaven and hell, you may have noticed one aspect. Albeit the overall view is similar, every version is different at some level. So also in the case of Virali.
Recounting her journey into the other world, she says “I dreamt that I woke up from my coma, or my death-bed as you’d like to call it. And I lay in a white room. The room had a flight of steps that I couldn’t see all the way up to, and when I began ascending these, the ones behind me started to fade away. The steps ahead seemed to be appearing out of thin air. At last, I reached the door.”
“A big, thick, heavy, mahogany door that was intricately designed in the most beautiful graceful style lay in front of me. It was chiselled and gorgeous. I knocked.”
“I heard the echo resound. But no one answered the knock. I repeated this twice. And that’s when I had a gut feeling that it wasn’t time yet. I had to go back. I started making my way down the re-appearing flight of steps once more, and when I reached the end, I woke up in my hospital bed.”
It is creepy and to this date gives me goosebumps. But it is true.
Another chance at life
Virali has been a motivational speaker at TEDx events ever since and shared her tale. Along with this, she is also a disability activist and an influencer. She engages in opportunities that can make a difference and let her inspirational story give strength to others or simply satiate the curiosity of those who wonder what it is to wake up from death.
“The opportunity to speak at TEDx events and share my story has been brilliant. I couldn’t be more grateful for every single turn my journey has taken and everything I’ve been through. Life is amazing and it is all about perspective.”
“I feel I have gotten a second, third, fourth, well multiple chances at life. I feel you should live life to the fullest.”
“You have no clue what is going to shake your world in the next five minutes. Enjoy your life. That’s the best we can do, right?”