The guy might have had total brain suppression at some point, but he obviously did not get better suddenly, which leaves a period of time when he was OK, and just in a coma. I just read to the "pink fluffy clouds" and then said "GIVE ME A FOOCKING BREAK".
I wrote this send-up of near death experiences 3 years ago. It's done in the style of the ABC Science show interview and transcript.
The Science Show, ABC Radio National.
Penetrating the Near Death Experience 29 Feb 2009
You'd hardly know it, but Colin Lazlo is a heartbeat away from death; standing almost casually on a Paddington street corner, Colin is about to throw himself in front of a truck in the name of science and philosophy.
There are many stories about what happens in the human brain near death, heard from people who've suffered heart attacks, or nearly died on the operating table. It is claimed to be a universal experience that transcends religious beliefs. Most see a tunnel of light. Some see lost relatives and experience a deep sense of reunion.
Colin, how's it going? I notice that you're starting to tense up a bit.
COLIN: Yeah, I'm feeling death approaching now, which is the mental condition that I'm really aiming for. As the stress kicks in, the hormones in the hippocampus and medula start to modify your body's self perception. You can start to feel disconnected from your body, and sometimes you feel as if you are hovering above yourself. I'm looking at the trucks. I saw a nice big one back there, but it wasn't going at the right speed.
ROBYN: Are you feeling any strange mental effects, now?
COLIN: Feeling kind of nauseus. That's pretty normal for me, this time of day on Monday. That's not going to distort my near death experience, though. I'm still doing a hell of a lot better than most people with a blocked artery in an emergency ward. That kind of health problem really distorts your perceptions, so I don't think those accounts could be all that accurate.
ROBYN: How different is your near death experience going to be if it's not done properly? I mean, surely it's not valid if you do it deliberately. It's like suicide, and the truck might kill you, so how will you report back to us what you saw on the other side?
COLIN: The truck will definitely kill me. That's the point! You can't be near death unless you are about to die. Typically, what is called a near death experience really isn't, because the person lived to tell a tale. I'm about to die, for sure, and I'll tell you what I see before I dive in front of the truck.
ROBYN: Surely, if you have a heart attack, and your heart stops, you are very near death?
COLIN: No, no. As I said, that's a common misconception. You are only near death if you died, straight after. Some of these people go on to live for years: I can be nearer death now, just standing on the side of the road. So can you.
ROBYN: That's a frightening thought, really.
COLIN: It is. People are near death all the time. Feel my heart, now.
ROBYN: I can feel it. It's going rather fast. How's that nausea?
COLIN: Yes, but did you feel it when it wasn't beating? In between the beats, I'm dead - just coasting on my life that once was.
ROBYN: People dying on an operating table are suffering from minutes of oxygen deprivation to their brain. Their situation takes them to the brink of death.
COLIN: And that's exactly why they can't be trusted. Their brains have been deep fried, and they've suffered a tremendous trauma.
ROBYN: But that trauma produces some strikingly similar results in each person.
COLIN: Ah, see. It's the trauma that produces it, not being near death. I have an advantage over them because the moment I get my near death experience, I can throw myself in front of a truck. People who are unconscious on a table can't do that. They have no control over the situation.
ROBYN: So, it's actually your commitment to killing yourself the moment you have a near death experience which makes you able to experience near death. Do you think your control over the situation might make your experiment a little different?
COLIN: Listen, I think the control argument is irrelevant really, because people who have claimed to have a near death experience are still alive. If they wanted to be taken seriously, they should have killed themselves immediately.
ROBYN: When I came here this morning, I thought you were going to deliberately throw yourself in front of a truck to induce a near death experience, but I can see that it's a bit more complicated than that. How long have you been trying to have a near death experience using this method?
COLIN: This method? This is more one of the pilot trials. I have only been doing this for a few weeks.
ROBYN: And has anything happened yet?
COLIN: Yeah, there was something a few days back. I felt like I was floating above my body and I saw lights in the sky.
ROBYN: That wasn't a near death experience?
COLIN: No. I didn't think so, and the fact that I'm still here proves it. It could have been gas, or weather balloons.
ROBYN: But, if you did get a real experience, you'd kill yourself?
COLIN: I have to, it's basically a contract if I want to have a near death experience.
ROBYN: Well, while we are just waiting here, perhaps we should discuss what has driven you in your life to research this area, and what your beliefs are.
COLIN: OK, well, during my university years I met an Indian spiritual teacher who was emphatic that near death experiences could be had as a matter of course in day to day living, and that they were part of a necessary preparation for death, and... *thud*
ROBYN: Oh! Shit. ..... He's been hit by a taxi.
Unfortunately Colin was killed by that taxi. It was fairly in-line with what he was aiming for, but as ever, we are left with a confusing legacy about what his message really was, prior to death. We have to take his work seriously because he gave his life for it. It's one of but a few controlled cases of a near death experience. We can only conclude that his near death experience was that of spouting complete crap to a journalist.