Lynchburg, VA - A retired Lynchburg neurosurgeon has been on a whirlwind nationwide tour sharing his near death experience.
Dr. Eben Alexander has told his story on GMA, World News, CNN, and Fox and Friends just to name a few. Friday, he talked to ABC 13.
Alexander just released a book called "Proof of Heaven," which ranked number one on Amazon before its official release in late October. The book's about Alexander's journey into the afterlife while in a coma.
He explains there is no scientific explanation for what he experienced four years ago while laying in a hospital bed.
Alexander is an expert on the human brain. He taught at Harvard Medical School as an academic neurosurgeon. At the time he did not believe in life after death.
"All those years in science basically says, I don't know how there could be a life everlasting. When the brain goes, the body goes - that's it," said Alexander.Then on November 10, 2008 Alexander woke up with severe back pain. Doctors at Lynchburg General determined he had a very rare bacterial meningitis. The same night he went into a coma. That's when Alexander says he left this world and entered a new one.
"It was just the most stunning reality. It was much more real than being here," said Alexander.
The first stage he describes as dark and horrific.
"The realm was deep underground and murky. It was like being in dirty jello, said Alexander."
Then, he says a spinning bright light rescued him. "As it came toward me, it kind of spun and opened up like this portal to a whole other world," said Alexander.
Alexander says he saw waterfalls, blossoming flowers and a woman sitting next to him on a butterfly wing. When he awoke seven days later, his youngest sister recalls his first words.
"She said I looked like a little Buddha sitting at the end of the bed saying, 'All is well. Do not worry. All is well,'' said Alexander.
Alexander spent years trying to prove his experience scientifically, but couldn't. The meningitis had turned off his cortex, the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion. He's convinced his experience was out of body and out of this world.
"The fact of the matter is because I had such a severe meningitis, it helped me to realize it was very real, but it did not happen in my brain or in the physical universe," said Alexander.
Alexander will sit down with Oprah and Dr. Oz this week. You can look for his interview on their shows later this month.