Some people claimed that Reynolds could hear during the procedure. However, the surgeon who operated on her, Robert Spetzler, stood by the fact that some of the things she mentioned were not “available” to her.
Case in point: she recounted a drill that was covered when she entered the operating room theatre, and her eyes were taped shut. Reynolds also heard the conversation between Spetzler and the cardiac surgeon at the stage of the operation where “nobody can observe or hear.”
Cases during cardiac arrests
In another study involving 101 cardiac arrest survivors, the researchers found that 13% of them had the feeling that they separated from their bodies. Seven per cent also reported things they wouldn’t have observed in their actual state.
Two people recounted facts during their actual resuscitation, but only one became well enough to follow up. He gave an accurate observation of what happened within 3 minutes of his resuscitation.
Should it be a cause of concern?
The exact reason why out-of-the-body experiences occur is still unknown. Since many cases happen spontaneously, there are only a handful of studies about it. So far, experts understand that OBEs may happen during a near-death experience or while under the influence of drugs or anesthesia.
People who have out-of-the-body experience don’t necessarily need to consult their doctor, especially when it only happened once. However, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you are worried or have other concerns, like dissociative disorders, seizures, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, and migraines.