"I knew I was in Heaven. But Grandma said I had to come home. She said that I should go back very quickly. Heaven looked nice. But I am glad I am back with Mummy and Daddy now."
(Lychen, Germany)—After a drowning mishap, three-year-old Paul Eicke has made news in Europe, saying he spoke with a family member in Heaven before miraculously coming back to life.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, the boy had fallen into a pond for several minutes at his grandparent's house in Great Britain before being found. Doctors had just given up on resuscitation efforts when—three hours and 18 minutes after he had been brought in—his heart started beating independently.
Professor Lothar Schweigerer, director of the Helios Clinic where Paul was treated, said: "I have never experienced anything like it...this is a most extraordinary case. My doctors were close to saying 'we can do no more' after two hours of thorax compression. This was because the chances of survival had gone and the little lad must have been brain dead. But then suddenly his heart started to beat again...it was a fantastic miracle."
"I've been doing this job for 30 years," he added, "and have never seen anything like this. It goes to show the human body is a very resilient organism and you should never give up."
Even more remarkable, Paul is quoted as saying that while he was unconscious, he saw his great-grandmother Emmi, "who had turned him back from a gate and urged him to go back to his parents."
Said Paul: "There was a lot of light and I was floating. I came to a gate and I saw Grandma Emmi on the other side. She said to me, 'What are you doing here Paul? You must go back to Mummy and Daddy. I will wait for you here.'"
"I knew I was in Heaven," he continued. "But Grandma said I had to come home. She said that I should go back very quickly. Heaven looked nice. But I am glad I am back with Mummy and Daddy now."
Back home in Germany, Paul reportedly has no sign of brain damage from his ordeal.