Human Brain Works Even After Death

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Canadian doctors found a scientific evidence that the human brain continues to work even after death. The findings revealed that the brain still functions despite the patient being clinically dead. It is a new finding that hints on the possibilities that happen during a post-death situation.

Researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada stumbled on a very strange case after turning off the life support from four terminal patients. One of the four patients showed persistent brain activity despite being clinically dead. The doctors confirmed the patient’s death through a range of varied observations for signs of life. They confirmed that the patient’s pupils are no longer reacting and the absence of a pulse.

Seemingly, the doctors found out that the patient experienced the delta wave bursts. The delta wave bursts are the same kind of brain waves humans get during deep sleep. Moreover, the patient’s wave bursts after death are different from the death wave that followed after a rat’s decapitation.

Researchers found out that the human brain continues to work even after the heart stopped beating

The patient showed the persistent brain activity for about ten minutes after the heart already stopped. The findings were taken after the doctor studied the brain activity of four patients in an intensive care unit. The doctors watched intently after the life support machines were switched off.

Three of the patients’ brain activity immediately ceased after their hearts stopped beating. The single patient had a continuous brain wave despite being clinically dead. The doctors cannot explain the case and found it to be extraordinary.

The researchers assessed the electric impulses in the brain which relates to the beating of someone’s heart. The assessment took place after the removal of the life-sustaining apparatus. The case mesmerized the doctors due to its unusual nature.

The discovery on what happens to the human brain after death raises a difficult dilemma

The findings revealed significant variations in electrical activity in the brain from the time the heart stopped beating. According to the researchers, it was difficult to postulate a physiological explanation for the brain activity since it occurred after a prolonged loss of blood circulation.

Instead of getting more answers, the experiment raises more questions about death. It also posits a difficult dilemma on the proper time to use the patient for organ donation and do it medically and ethically correct.

In conclusion, scientists stated that is still far early to give meaning to the findings. It might not even correlate to what happens during the post-death experience, especially that only one patient showed the unusual brain activity. Researchers will continue to dig deep into the case and hopefully discover what really happens during death.

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, The Independent

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