Friday, 12 October 2007

Some Research about Children with Cancer and After Death Experiences

Today, despite amazing research and progress, cancer still kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and AIDS combined.

Every year, over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. Each year about 2,300 children and teenagers die from cancer. Cancer is over 15 times greater than AIDS in children.

Most European children with cancer stay in Children hospitals that has specialised in working with children. These hospitals have tried to adapt the hospital rooms for children and given them more color and art work and often a extra bed for parents so that they can stay over.


Kids near death report surprisingly similar experiences. What can we learn from them?

By Randall Sullivan

When she arrived at the hospital in the spring of 1982, seven-year-old Kristle Merzlock was in a coma after spending 20 minutes at the bottom of a swimming pool. Bill Longhurst, the lanky doctor who received Kristle in A&E, quickly summoned paediatric doctor Melvin Morse, then 27, the only doctor at the hospital who had performed a significant number of resuscitations. But even Morse, with all his experience and outstanding academic credentials—a medical degree and a research fellowship funded by the US National Cancer Institute—was not prepared for what was about to happen.

Kristle’s pupils were fixed and dilated, Morse recalls, and she had no gag reflex. A CT scan showed massive swelling of her brain.
A machine was doing her breathing and her blood pH was extremely acidic, a clear indication of imminent death. “There was little we could do at that point,” Morse says.

So when Kristle survived, emerging from her coma three days later at the hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, with full brain function, Morse was amazed. More extraordinary still, his world view was profoundly altered when Kristle recognised him. “That’s the one with the beard,” she told her mother. “First there was this tall doctor who didn’t have a beard and then he came in.” That was true. Morse sported a beard, while Dr Longhurst was clean-shaven. Kristle then described the casualty ward with astonishing accuracy. “She had the right equipment, the right number of people—everything was just as it had been that day,” Morse explains. She even correctly recited the procedures that had been performed on her. “Even though her eyes had been closed and she had been profoundly comatose during the entire experience, she still ‘saw’ what was going on.” life-after-death-i-71...

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