LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, June 28, 2001: Doctor Sam Parnia of Southampton General Hospital in England, published the results of his study of 63 heart attack patients who were declared clinically dead but later revived in the February issue of the journal Resuscitation. This study has revitalized the age-old question as to whether there is life after death and the existence of the human soul. Parnia presents his research to Caltech scientists in Los Angeles last week. Fifty-six of his initial patients did not recall any memories of the time they were unconscious. The remaining seven did have memories and of these seven, four had Near-Death Experiences. Recalling that they could still think, reason, and communicate after the doctors declared that their brains were not operating, these four also reported feelings of peace and a heightened awareness. Prompted by the success of his study, Parnia and his associates have since interviewed more than 3,500 people who have vivid memories of the time when they were declared clinically dead and later revived. Quoting Doctor Parnia, "When these people are having experiences they say, 'I had this intense pain in my chest and suddenly I was drifting in the corner of my room and I was so happy, so comfortable. I looked down and realized I was seeing my body and doctors all around me trying to save me and I did not want to go back.' "