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Doctor Who ‘Died’ For 30 Minutes Claims ‘Mysterious Beings Led Her To Heaven’

A doctor, called Dr Mary Neal, claims she 'died' for 30 minutes after a kayaking accident and was then 'led to heaven by mysterious beings'. 
Credit: Netflix

A doctor who ‘died’ for 30 minutes after an accident claimed she was ‘led to heaven by mysterious beings’.

Dr Mary Neal, from New York, was a guest on Netflix’s latest series, Surviving Death, in which she recalled what it felt like to ‘die’ for a short period of time.

In the episode, the now 62-year-old discussed the kayaking accident she was involved in, back in 1999.

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The doctor says that when she died for 30 minutes, she met ‘mysterious beings’ in heaven. Credit: Netflix

At the time, the New Yorker had been exploring Chile and was on a kayak trip.

However, the doctor found herself trapped underwater for 24 minutes and during this period, her brain became starved of oxygen.

The mum-of-four told The Sun: “I was not breathing. My torso was absolutely plastered to the front deck of the boat and I could feel my bones breaking.

“I thought, ‘I should be screaming’ but I wasn’t. I felt no pain, no fear, no panic. I felt more alive than I’ve ever felt.

“I could feel my spirit peeling away from my body, and my spirit went up towards the heavens. I was immediately greeted by a group of… somethings. I don’t know what to call them. People? Spirits? Beings?

“I didn’t recognise any of them, but they had been important in my life somehow, like a grandparent who died before I was born.

“They were so overjoyed to welcome me and greet me and love me.”

Dr Neal described the experience as a ‘shift in time and dimension,’ adding: “I experienced all of eternity in every second and every second expanded into all of eternity.

“The pathway went to this great dome structure and I believe I was in heaven.

“I had an overwhelming sense of being home.”

Dr Neal was submerged underwater for 24 minutes. Credit: Netflix

Before the mum was rescued, the kayaking group was convinced she could no longer be alive. So the team then switched to ‘body recovery mode’.

Miraculously, one of the group members then spotted Dr Neal’s life jacket bobbing down the stream and she was immediately brought to shore and taken to hospital.

Despite having been submerged in water and starved of oxygen, the doctor alleges that she remembers a large portion of being rescued.

“There’s no doubt in my own mind that I was physically dead, but I watched from the entrance to the dome structure as they started CPR and I could still hear them,” she recalled. “I did not want to go back down to my body. I had a very physical sensation of being held and comforted and reassured that everything was fine, but the beings told me that it wasn’t my time, that I had more work to do on Earth and that I had to go back to my body.

“When I opened my eyes the guys who resuscitated me were stunned.”

Surviving Death is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.