Tina Hines is lucky to be alive. The mum-of-four from Arizona, US, was technically ‘dead’ for 27 minutes following a cardiac arrest last year.
Immediately after regaining consciousness, Tina - who was unable to speak - stunned her family by scribbling down an eerie note.
“It’s real,” she wrote after motioning for a pen and paper.
When her loved ones asked her what she meant, Tina - a devout Christian - simply nodded upwards.
Once she regained her voice, Tina claimed that she saw heaven - and Jesus.
"It was so real, the colours were so vibrant," Tina told AZ Family. She says she saw Jesus - haloed in a bright yellow glow - standing in front of a set of black gates.
Her heart-stopping ordeal
Healthy and active, Tina shocked her husband Brian when she went into cardiac arrest as they were preparing to head out on a hike in early 2018.
Quick-thinking Brian was able to bring his “purple” wife back to life using CPR - but Tina’s heart stopped again soon after.
Paramedics arrived and brought her back again only to have her heart stop not once or twice but three times.
Tina was resuscitated a total of five times - during which she claims she crossed over to the ‘other side’.
Today, Tina is reportedly doing well and her family prays that her new pacemaker and defibrillator will keep her safe.
Tina’s experience has inspired her niece Madie Johnson to have her aunt’s two words tattooed on her wrist.
“Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen,” she wrote on Instagram.
“It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away.” [sic]