A True Near Death Experience

A neurosurgeon’s story

Janice Tovey
2 min readNov 17


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Dr. Eben Alexander, a prominent neurosurgeon writes of life, death, and the afterlife.

Dr. Alexander doesn’t write about his countless patients.

Dr. Alexander writes firsthand about his death, afterlife, and new beliefs. As a neurosurgeon he had found it hard to discern God, the soul, and the brain.

In his popular book PROOF OF HEAVEN: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Dr. Alexander confesses his former beliefs, that brain illusions account for near death experiences. The brain generating fantasies under extreme stress. Nothing more.

Personal experiences however, led him to believe otherwise.

For a week, Dr. Alexander lay in a coma, after a rare illness attacked the part of his brain responsible for emotion and thought. Everything that makes us human was gone. The doctors were close to pulling the plug when Dr. Alexander’s eyes suddenly opened.

Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met the Divine source of the universe itself. Dr. Alexander

Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real, and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. Dr. Alexander

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It is a rather revolutionary story considering it happened to a neuroscientist who understands the human brain. Whether a person of science or faith, this book may be hard not to look at.

This book was the #1 selling book on The New York Times List in 2012 and has been translated into over 40 languages.

It is available on Kindle and I believe a free download this weekend.

Are you interested. Check it out. I am.

Janice Tovey 2023



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.