A woman form Oklahoma who appeared on 2 April edition of "Fox and Friends" claimed that she saw, heard, spoke to, and even smelled God. For what she believes to be an incredible experience, Crystal McVea, author of a new e-book, "Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again," says she has no words to explain what she experienced.
"I saw an immense brightness. A brightness I could feel, touch, taste, hear, smell that infused me. Not like I had five senses but more like I had 500 senses," McVea told Fox host Gretchen Carlson.
"I had angels, I had God, and I fell to my knees in front of him," she added.
According to McVea, the incident took place when she died for nine minutes on 10 December 2009.
Following a bad reaction to pain medication for pancreatitis, McVea's heart reportedly stopped for a few minutes before the doctors could revive her.
"The moment I closed my eyes in that hospital room, I immediately opened them and was standing in heaven," McVea said during the show. "I fail to find human words to describe what I experienced while I was standing there," she added.
An article in The Raw Story points out that it is not uncommon for surgery patients to report having spiritual experiences. There have been quite a few been other cases where patients have reported such experiences. But a study says that the type of medicine taken by the patient or any particular form of surgery procedure applied by the doctor is totally unrelated to the experience reported by the patient.
McVea claims her experience with "God" has changed her as a person.
"All my life, I was a doubter," she said. "To close my eyes, open them and be standing in front of the Creator of not only the universe, but of me, I never wanted to leave that."
A report in Scientific American says that about three percent of the population in US has reported having near death experiences, and Neuro-scientist Dean Mobbs, from the University of Cambridge's Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, told the website that "many of the phenomena associated with near-death experiences can be biologically explained."
While some believe the experiences are a result of neurotransmitter problems, others believe it is due to the side effects of medicinal and recreational drugs.