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What REALLY happens when you die: Man, 55, who was ‘brought back from the dead’ reveals what it is like on the other side – and how he knew it wasn’t his time
It’s the question everyone is desperate to know the answer to: what happens when you die?
Now, a 55-year-old man has shared his fascinating experience with the afterlife after being brought back from the brink of death.
Kevin Hill’s heart suddenly stopped beating while he was being treated for calciphylaxis — an uncommon disease where calcium accumulates in small blood vessels of the fat and skin tissues.
But the writer from Derby has warned there is ‘no light to go towards’ — although his experience of ‘dying’ and coming back to life was peaceful.
Mr Hill, called the ‘miracle man’ by doctors at the Derby Royal Hospital, said he entered a ‘spirit realm’ where he watched his body deteriorate from the side lines.
Kevin Hill’s heart stopped beating while he was in Derby Royal Hospital being treated for calciphylaxis
He caught the disease after he had an operation in January last year because of a problem with his heart valve
His heart problem caused him to retain water in his legs which caused blisters and bleeding — he lost five pints of blood which caused him to go into cardiac arrest
He said: ‘I wasn’t looking down at my body, but I was separate from my body.
‘It was like I was in the spirit realm — I was conscious of what was going on but I had so much peace.’
Mr Hill had a heart operation in January last year because of a problem with his heart valve.
This caused him to retain water in his legs and after medication and a year in hospital he lost 65kg of water weight. Mr Hill then developed calciphylaxis.
It can cause blood clots and painful skin ulcers, which can then lead to bleeding.
The condition occurs almost exclusively in patients with chronic kidney disease.
He said ‘I had the disease for months. My skin was eating away at me.
‘I had three days where my legs were bleeding out — it just wouldn’t stop.’
He claimed he lost five pints of blood before his heart stopped and he was dead for a few minutes before doctors resuscitated him.
Kevin has made a near to full recovery and is now back at home with his wife Camille, 52
Mr Hill, from Derbyshire, said: ‘I knew I was bleeding. I knew it was serious. The staff kept coming in and out to stop the bleeding.’
He said he was watching the NHS staff from the sidelines trying to save him.
He added: ‘I knew I had died. I was separate from my body.
‘Then I just went to sleep and I woke up, alive and the bleeding had stopped. I knew it wasn’t my time to die.
‘The situation has made me refocus my priorities. When I came out of the hospital my family atmosphere changed dramatically.
‘I have become more resilient. I know I can bounce back.’
Mr Hill has made a near full recovery and is now back at home with his wife Camille, 52.
He said: ‘I am in the final stages of recovery. In my right leg, I still have some pain but it is not near the level it used to be – I would cry for hours.
‘My pain level used to be 100 out of ten and now it has dropped to a four.
‘Everyone said I should be dead.’
What is calciphylaxis?
Calciphylaxis is a serious, uncommon disease in which calcium accumulates in small blood vessels of the fat and skin tissues.
Calciphylaxis causes blood clots, painful skin ulcers and may cause serious infections that can lead to death. People who have calciphylaxis usually have kidney failure and are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant. The condition can also occur in people without kidney disease.
- Large purple net-like patterns on skin
- Deep, very painful lumps that ulcerate, creating open sores with black-brown crust that fails to heal — typically in skin areas with high fat content, such as the stomach and thigh, although they can occur anywhere
- Infections from wounds that don’t heal
The exact cause of calciphylaxis is unknown, but recent studies have revealed that most people with the condition have abnormalities in blood-clotting factors. Blood-clotting factors are substances in your blood that help stop bleeding. These abnormalities can lead to small blood clots forming more often than they normally would.
Source: Mayo Clinic