Woman who died for 37 seconds ‘saw her body from above and spirits of the dead’

A woman who flatlined for 37 seconds after giving birth has described the chilling moment she "saw her body from above" in the operating theatre.

Stephanie Arnold, from Chicago, US, said she was having premonitions that she was going to die giving birth to her second child when she was about 20 weeks into her pregnancy in 2013.

Speaking on Netflix's documentary Surviving Death, she shared her traumatic experience and said it had left a gaping hole in her life.

The mum-of-one said the premonitions came when she and husband Jonathan learned that she had a condition called placenta previa, which could lead to a haemorrhage.

Stephanie explained: "It was so difficult trying to communicate about feelings and this foreboding when I didn’t have something tangible to show.

"I told Jonathan ‘I do not know what to tell you, other than the fact that I’ve got this intense feeling around this that something bad is about to happen’.

"I mean if you saw me in Starbucks and you said, ‘Oh, how’s the pregnancy going?’ I would literally say, ‘I’m going to die.’"

And, chillingly, the prediction came true. Just moments after giving birth to her son Jacob at McGaw Medical Center in Chicago, her heart stopped beating and she was clinically dead for 37 seconds.

Reliving the moment, she said:"They wheel me into the room that’s going to give life to Jacob and take mine. They put a curtain right in front of my face and prepare me for a C-section. They deliver Jacob, he’s healthy, happy. Seconds later, I flatlined.

"Everything came into a 3D movie and I could actually see outside of my body. My point of view was above my body and next to my body, and I could see everything that was going on in the operating room."

She could also describe the whole situation happening in the room.

"I see the anaesthesiologist by my feet," she added. "I see which nurse jumped on my chest to give me CPR."

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"In this other dimension, spatial relations break. There is no ceiling, there are no walls.

"Everything is just moving around in so many different directions."

While Stephanie's physical body was still lying on the chair, she claimed she could see her daughter in a completely different part of the hospital with their nanny.

She continued: "And then, I see spirits everywhere – my grandmother, who had passed when I was 10 years old. My mother’s brother also appeared.

"The last thing I heard was Julie, Dr Levitt, saying 'This can’t be happening, this can’t be happening'."

She felt a "pulling in the stomach" before she was sent back into her body.

The near-death experience left her in a medically-induced coma for six days with kidney failure.

Stephanie said she had to go through a long recovery and to learn how to walk and talk again.

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