Amy Purdy's Near-Death Experience: "I Felt My Last Heartbeat"

Season 6 Episode 604
Aired on 02/16/2015 | CC tv-14
At age 19, Amy Purdy contracted a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis. By the time she arrived at the hospital, Amy's lungs and veins had collapsed. She was immediately put on life support and was given less than a 2 percent chance of survival.

When Amy's abdomen became distended, her doctors realized that she was suffering from internal bleeding and that her spleen was about to burst. She was then rushed into emergency surgery.

Amy died during that surgery. "I remember thinking, 'I know these people are here to save me, but I am going. I am going right now.' And it felt as if I was hanging on by my fingertips. And every heartbeat, I was moving closer and closer to the edge," she says. "All of a sudden, I felt my last heartbeat."

In the video above, Amy reveals what she experienced after dying on the operating table.

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