In the early 1960s, a child called Teresa, who was just three years old at the time, suffered an accidental overdose on aspirin.
After finding a tup of aspirin, Teresa mistook them for sweets and consumed a dangerous amount.
The child’s eyes rolled back into the back of her head and then began convulsing, leaving her mother panic stricken.
Now, Teresa has come forward to tell the story of how she believes she could see the future and see her previous lives when she was in the afterlife.
On the NDERF website – a forum which collects near death experiences – Teresa writes: “The medical personal rushed me into a room where they started trying to revive me. As they worked on me, I left my body and was watching from above.
“I could see and hear everything, but could not feel what they were doing to the body below. I can remember vividly watching with curiosity and interest.
“While watching the doctors and nurses working on the body below, I also remember being able to watch what was happening at the same time in the room they had taken my mom.
“I could feel my mother’s hysteria and distraught, as if her emotions were my own. I remember being overwhelmed with feelings of intense love for my mother.
“I had memories of a past life that I had shared before this one that involved both my mother and my sister.
“I also experienced a knowing of my mother’s future through two separate scenarios: One if I decided to leave this life, and one if I decided to stay.
“The knowing felt like a gift being given and even though I had a three-year-old mentality I was able to receive this information as if I was a mature person.
“I cannot relate how much time passed, but I remember making a decision. Once I did this, I felt myself pulled back into the body I had been watching below me.”
Doctors eventually managed to resuscitate Teresa where she describes a feeling of being pulled back into her body.
Some researchers state these are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of Heaven, Hell or an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science.
“They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”