Madie Johnson has shared a photo of her tattoo on her Instagram page and its quickly going viral for the inspiration behind it.
At first glance, the tattoo of scrawled writing appears to be in a different language, but on closer look it reveals a child-like jumble that reads “It’s real”.
Madie from California, USA, got the tattoo on her wrist as a tribute to her auntie, Tina Hines, who died for 27 minutes before being resuscitated and brought back to life.
Tina, a mother of four, was resuscitated a total of six times, four times by her own husband and twice more in hospital where she had to be intubated.
Miraculously, Tina survived. She woke up and immediately gestured for a pen and piece of paper, with which she scribbled down, “It’s real.”
When asked what her note referenced, Tina responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.
Madie explained, “A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital.
“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 cousins journal wrote “it’s real”.
“The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.
“Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen.
Madie revealed that she wanted the tattoo as a permanent reminder of her aunt’s journey, which has given her something to hope for. “It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away. I love you [Tina Hines].” She said.
“The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love.” Madie added.
This is not the first time someone has gotten visions with a near death experience. In a 2013 study on the phenomenon, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was discovered that there were high levels of brain waves present in rats at the time of their deaths.
This may help explain the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors. “A lot of people thought that the brain, after clinical death, was inactive or hypoactive, with less activity than the waking state, and we show that is definitely not the case,” said Dr. Jimo Borjigin, who led the study.
“If anything, it is much more active during the dying process than even the waking state.” Dr. Jimo Borjigin added.