Have you ever wondered what happens to us after we die?
One woman wholeheartedly believes that she went to heaven when there was no life in her body for 27 minutes.
That day, Tina Hines was looking forward to an ordinary day with her husband, Brian Hines. And the Phoenix couple had planned to spend the morning hiking.
Tina was generally active and had been maintaining a healthy diet and physical routine. Yet, that day, her heart stopped beating and Brian struggled to bring her back to life.
“Her eyes didn’t close, and they were rolled back in her head. She was purple and not making any noise or breathing,” said Brian, as quoted by AZ Family.
Using CPR, he managed to get her heart to start beating again, but not for long enough and it stopped once again.
“We ended up shocking her three times on scene and two en route,” said one of the firefighters who helped save Tina’s life. “I’ve never shocked anyone five times.”
The mother-of-four was resuscitated around 5 times before she was finally conscious and awake in a hospital room.
Tina was dead for 27 minutes, and as she regained consciousness, she gestured for a pen and paper.
Unable to speak, she gestured for a pen and paper and scribbled a shocking message for her family, as reported by Metro.
Tina’s niece, Madie Johnson wrote on Instagram, “She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousin’s journal wrote ‘it’s real’.”
When the people she was surrounded by in the hospital room asked Tina what was real, “she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes,” Madie wrote.
Describing what she saw later, Tina said, “It was so real, the colors were so vibrant.” Tina also claimed that she saw Jesus standing in front of a black gate with a bright and yellow glow shining behind him.
For Madie, it was an experience she was touched by and she even got a tattoo of her aunt’s message on her hand. “Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen,” Madie wrote. “It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away.”
The incident took place in February 2018 and Tina is grateful to every single person who helped save her life. Once she was discharged from the hospital, she took the time out to thank them all, including the 911 operator, the firefighters, and the paramedics.
For the people who played a role in reviving her that day, it was an experience they too wouldn’t easily forget.
One rescuer said, “It’s one of those calls that none of us will ever forget. I was a witness to a miracle is the way I look at it.”
Tina, glad that she was still alive and had the chance to thank her rescuers, wrote on Facebook and said, “After spending much needed time with the paramedics today to thank them, they cried along with us, because of the unique situation of coding 5 times and living to visit them and thank them in person.”
She had left the hospital with a defibrillator and pacemaker to prevent similar incidents that affect the heart. And she also left with a fresh perspective, believing that this was her second chance. Tina wrote, “IT IS DAUNTING TO THINK, I was awake and off of ventilator within less than 24 hours, and headed into a new life…”