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originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: pl3bscheese
Such a perspective has NO remotely rational, fitting explanation for the brain neurosurgeon's experiences cited above--Dr Eben Alexander III. No explanation. None.
But soon after his book came out, investigations into his past were conducted. In a 2013 article called “The Prophet” (paywall), Esquire contributing editor Luke Dittrich dug up a lot of facts which suggest it may all have been a fable concocted to cash in on the widespread religious belief in heaven—a fable made all the more persuasive coming from the mouth of a neurosurgeon. Here are some of the key points established by Dittrich (given here roughly as summarized by Jerry Coyne in his useful discussion of Dittrich’s piece): After repeated lawsuits, Alexander temporarily or permanently lost his surgical privileges at two different hospitals. For example, as Dittrich wrote, “In August 2003, UMass Memorial suspended Alexander’s surgical privileges ‘on the basis or allegation of improper performance of surgery.'” Alexander has been repeatedly accused of falsifying evidence related to his surgeries—a “court-documented history of revising facts,” in Dittrich’s description.
Statement by Scott Wade, M.D.
As an infectious diseases specialist I was asked to see Dr Eben Alexander when he presented to the hospital on November 10, 2008, and was found to have bacterial meningitis. Dr Alexander had become ill quickly with flu-like symptoms, back pain, and a headache. He was promptly transported to the Emergency Room, where he had a CT scan of his head and then a lumbar puncture with spinal fluid suggesting a gram-negative meningitis. . . . .and placed on a ventilator machine because of his critical condition and coma.
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Within twenty-four hours the gram-negative bacteria ... was confirmed as E.coli. ... is very rare in adults (less than one in 10 million annual incidence in the United States), especially in the absence of any head trauma, neurosurgery, or other medical conditions . . . Dr Alexander was very healthy at the time of his diagnosis and no underlying cause for his meningitis could be identified.
The mortality rate for gram-negative meningitis in children and adults ranges from 40 to 80 percent. Dr Alexander presented to the hospital with seizures and a markedly altered mental status, both of which are risk factors for neurological complications or death (mortality over 90 percent).
Despite prompt and aggressive antibiotic treatment for his E.coli meningitis as well as continued care in the medical intensive care unit, he remained in a coma six days and hope for a quick recovery faded (mortality over 97 percent).
Then on the seventh day, the miraculous happened--he opened his eyes, became alert, and was quickly weaned from the ventilator. The fact that he went on to have a full recovery from his illness after being in a coma for nearly a week is truly remarkable.
--Scott Wade, M.D.
originally posted by: TheLaughingGod
a reply to: BO XIAN
They'll die before they admit to being wrong..