A mother is dead for 27 minutes, then she came back to life looking for pen and paper. Tina Hines, from Arizona, who could barely speak, reached for the notebook and immediately scribbled a message: “It’s real.”

Tina went into cardiac arrest before making an excursion to Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Brian, last February. Soon after, the mother of four children was revived, but soon afterwards there were no signs of life. In total, the paramedics tried to revive her six times before going to the hospital. For 27 minutes, she was considered dead.

She claims to have seen Paradise, and when her loved ones asked her what the note was referring to, she simply nodded upwards.

Describing what he saw, Tina said: “It was so real, the colors were so vibrant.” He added that he was able to see a figure believed to be Jesus standing in front of blacks gates, with a bright yellow light shining behind.

Her niece, Madie Johnson, was so moved by the story that she has a copy of the writing (Tina’s message) tattooed on her wrist. Madie, from California, wrote on Instagram: “Her story is too real not to share it and she gave me more confidence in a faith that is often not seen. It gave me a tangibility for an eternal hope that is not too far away”.


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(sharing because this story is too cool not to share) 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. It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away. I love you @_tinahines! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love❤️

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