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'It's Real!': Arizona Woman's Near-death Experience Confirms Famous Painting of Jesus

Mark Ellis : Apr 22, 2021

p>"That's when I saw Jesus in those 27 minutes..." -Tina Hines

[] Tina Hines was standing in her driveway, preparing to hike the Deem Hills Ridgeline trail near Phoenix, when she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Efforts to revive her appeared futile at first, and for 27 long minutes her brain was deprived of oxygen—which should have resulted in permanent brain damage or death. (Image: via God Reports)

Growing up in Pasadena, California, Tina prayed to receive Jesus with her mom when she was six years old and they attended Lake Avenue Congregational Church, where she was influenced by Pastor Ray Ortlund and his wife Anne. Later, she graduated from Biola University, after meeting her future husband there, Brian.

"I did not need this (near-death) experience to push me to Jesus," Tina says. "I had a true, active, walking relationship with Christ."

February 12th, 2018 started as an ordinary day, with Tina meeting a prayer partner in the morning and having lunch with a friend. She and her husband planned to meet at 4:30 p.m. at the house to start their hike. "It was a normal day, and I wasn't feeling any stress or anxiety," she recalls.

A few months earlier, Tina visited a cardiologist because she had experienced an irregular heartbeat. They diagnosed a left bundle branch block but did not seem overly concerned. "I got a call from the doctor and they said everything is good, everything is clear, we'll see you next year." She works out regularly and is very fit for her age, so was somewhat blinded by her own pride to any potential problem, she admits.

On that providential afternoon in February, as Tina chatted in the driveway with a close friend, she collapsed and stopped breathing. "I didn't have a huge amount of pain. There was no warning. I went to my knees, feeling like I'm going to faint, and I completely blacked out."

Within 30 seconds, her lips turned blue and her eyes rolled back in her head. Her whole face was bleeding after scraping against rocks bordering the driveway.

Brian called 911 and their friend started CPR. Within 3-4 minutes, the paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to shock her heart three times. On the way to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, there were two more failed attempts to revive her heart using the defibrillator.

"They called me dead on arrival," she says.

In the emergency room, sometime between 5:05 and 5:10pm, the doctors defibrillated Tina for a sixth time, and her heart finally began to beat again, but her brain had been deprived of oxygen for 27 minutes.

"That's when I saw Jesus in those 27 minutes," she says. "He didn't say anything to me.

"He was standing there in a white robe with arms stretched out."

There was a bright yellow glow—like the sun—emanating from Him. "It was almost blinding," she says. There were also clouds behind Him and Tina felt "incredible warmth and peace."

When Tina's heart began to beat again, she was already intubated. "When they woke me up after that sixth shock, I tried to pull my tube out and tell people what happened. I opened my eyes and saw the hospital room and just wanted to tell them in those moments about seeing Jesus."

"They saw me reaching for my tube, so they strapped my arms down. They were surprised in a good way, hopeful there might be brain activity."

Once she was stabilized, they transferred Tina to ICU. Dr. Lopez went out to talk to Brian and the family. Word had gotten out, and there were already over 100 people in the waiting area. Brian was prepared for the worst.

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