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After going without life for seven minutes, a man remembered what he had witnessed before, thankfully, coming back to life.
Shiv Grewal, a 60-year-old actor and artist, has ended his role as Don Pedro in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Shortly after, on February 9, 2013, Shiv suffered a cardiac arrest while out for a meal with his wife Alison close to their southeast London home.
Shiv had officially been dead for seven minutes before emergency personnel finally used CPR to bring him back to life.
When discussing that terrifying seven-minute ordeal, Shiv said to PA Real Life: “I knew, somehow, that I was dead. I was aware my brain was dying and crying out for help. But, at the same time, I felt things completely separate from my body. It was like I was in a void but could feel emotions and sensations.
“Despite knowing I was dead, I also knew that there was a chance of coming home.
“I also understood that I’d be reincarnated, but I didn’t want that just yet. I wanted to return to life, to the material world and to my wife. I demanded that I was coming back and I got my wish.”
Shiv experienced an unexpected cardiac arrest and reported feeling “pretty good” at the time.
But on the way back from his favourite French eatery in Peckham, he began to feel exhausted and had trouble speaking clearly.
Shiv opted to take a nap once he got home while Alison called NHS Direct for guidance because he had suddenly started to get quite cold.
“That was basically the last thing I remember,” said Shiv.
Shiv’s eyes slid back into his head as Alison was on the phone, forcing his wife to shout for an ambulance.
Thankfully, paramedics got on the scene in a matter of minutes and were able to revive Shiv, who claims to have undergone a “cosmic journey” during which he had the ability to choose between life and death.
He said: “I felt there was a whole set of possibilities, various lives and reincarnations that were being offered to me. But I didn’t want them. I made it very clear that I wanted to return to my body, to my time, to my wife and to go on living.
“I needed to be proactive. I said I was coming back. I said it as a demand not a request.”
Shiv underwent emergency surgery at Kings College Hospital to place a stent in his completely blocked main artery.
He then had cerebral hypoxia, which led to a month-long induced coma and left him with epilepsy.