On November 10, 2008, Eben Alexander, a famous neurosurgeon, collapsed and fell into a deep coma. He was admitted to the Lynchburg General Hospital, which was ironically the same hospital where he’d worked before as a neurosurgeon.

 

The neocortex of his brain had been incapacitated by bacterial meningoencephalitis. During the seven days he was comatose, he had visions, which should have been impossible according to contemporary medical science.

 

He amazingly recovered sufficiently to participate in his own M&M (Morbidity & Mortality) conference where physicians involved in cases in which the treatments of patients who died or were left with impairments from various illnesses and diseases are discussed. There he learned that the doctors who’d worked on his case had given him a 2% chance of survival on the seventh day of his coma. His neuro exam when he arrived at the hospital confirmed damage to his neurocortex and he was essentially unable to verbalize anything. His GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale) rating at the time was 8 and it went as low as 5 during the week. His CT and MRI scans revealed that there was damage in all eight lobes of his brain. His CSF glucose level was down to 1mg/dl compared to the normal range of 60-80mg/dl.

 

The normal course of gram-negative bacterial meningoencephalitis is either death by the third day or signs of awakening and he was in his seventh day when the doctors called his family in and told them that he had a 2% chance of survival and 0% chance of recovery to any kind of quality of life, with the best possibility being a nursing home in the event he was still alive.

 

After his family had been informed of his poor prognosis, Eben Alexander miraculously awakened from his coma and his words and language functions began to return several hours thereafter. His personal memories came back within the following three weeks.

 

The strangest thing in his case is that he had deep coma memories, which shouldn’t have occurred at all in his condition. He also experienced 36 hours of post-coma delusional psychotic nightmares. Theoretically, both memories should have disappeared over time, but although the psychotic memories disappeared in weeks, the deep coma memories remained vivid and strong.

 

The deep coma memories and the implications they pose for the origin of consciousness and the continuance of the consciousness after death are the subject of his books, “Proof of Heaven” and the “Map of Heaven” which preceded the “Living in a Mindful Universe”, which I’m reading now.

Next article in this series.

 

深い昏睡から起きる

20081110日に有名な神経外科医であるエベン・アレクサンダー*が倒れ、深い昏睡に陥った。彼は以前外科医として勤務していたLynchburg General Hospital (リンチバーグ総合病院)に緊急入院した。

 

彼の大脳新皮質が急性細菌性髄膜炎によって能力を奪われた。7日間の昏睡状態中、彼が現代医学で説明できない幻視を見続けた。

 

昏睡状態から奇跡的に起きてから彼は自分のM&Mに参加できるまで回復した。M&Mとは患者が病気や傷害から後遺症が残ったり死亡したりした後に治療に関わった医師同士がその治療などについて発表・研究する会合)そこで、彼が昏睡の7日目に先生達が彼の生存率を2%と予測したことが分かった。入院時の神経検査は大脳新皮質を証明した上、彼は言葉も発生できなかった。彼のGCS(グラスゴー昏睡尺度)は8でその週の間に5まで下がった。CTMRIスキャンは脳の8の脳葉にダメージが観れた。CSF(脳脊髄液)のグルコース値は1mg/dl(正常:6080mg/dl)

 

グラム陰性の急性細菌性髄膜炎の山を越える時点は3日目で、その時点に起きてこないと死亡するが、

アレクサンダー医師は7日間の時点で生き残っていた。医師団は彼の家族を呼んで、生存率の2%でクオリティ・オブ・ライフまでの回復率は0%と宣告した。生き残っても介護施設での生活は避けられないとも伝えた。

 

しかし、その後エベン・アレクサンダー先生は奇跡的に突然昏睡状態から起きた。起きてから数時間後に言葉を発生する機能も戻り、続けてその後の3週間以内に個人的な記憶も復活した。

 

不思議に彼は現代医学知識に反する深い昏睡中の記憶があった。起きた後、彼は36時間昏睡後の妄想的精神病的な悪夢も見た。通常、両方の記憶は時間が経てば、消えるはずだが、深い昏睡時の記憶はずっと強く、鮮明なままに残った。

 

その深い昏睡中の記憶と意識の源や死後の意識の継続との密接な関係が彼の書いた“Proof of Heaven”“Map of Heaven”と私の今読んでいる“Living in a Mindful Universe”の本の基盤となった。

*エベン・アレクサンダーM.D.はデューク大学医学部卒。ハーバード・メディカル・スクールのBrigham & Women’s Hospitalの外科講師を経てバージニア大学助教授などとして勤務し、現在モンロー・インスチチュートゥの研究ダイレクターである。

このシリーズの次のブログ記事へ

By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

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Books published by AELS (AELS出版書籍)

魔女学院&光塾:魔女ガールズの冒険

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools – English Edition (魔女学院&光塾(英語)

By Billy Hammond

迷える魔女の戦い (魔女学院&光塾シリーズ第2)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

Lost Witch (Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series Book 2) – English Edition (迷える魔女: 魔女学院&光塾第2弾:英語版)

By Billy Hammond

幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジ 魔女学院&光塾シリーズの第3(Fate & Magic Jp)

原作&翻訳:ビレー ハモンド

日本語編集:伊庭野れい子

“Fate & Magic” Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku Series – Japanese Witch Schools Book 3 – English Edition (幸せを運ぶ魔法のチャレンジの英語版)

By Billy Hammond

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