Woman scrawled ‘it’s real’ after she ‘died for 27 minutes and said she saw heaven’

A WOMAN scrawled an eerie message that appears to read “it’s real” after she died for 27 minutes – and claims to have seen heaven.

Tina Hines collapsed as she was heading out with her husband Brian in Phoenix, Arizona, and needed to be resuscitated six times.

The mum-of-four was “dead” for a total of 27 minutes as medics battled to save her.

But after she was successfully brought back to life for the last time, speechless Tina gestured for a pen and paper.

She managed to draw out a seemingly indecipherable series of lines.

But on closer inspection they appeared to read: “It’s real.”

Tina was referring to heaven – which she claims to have seen during her brush with death following her heart attack in February last year.

When asked by her worried family what she meant, a still mute Tina gestured her head towards the sky.

She later claimed she saw the figure of Jesus standing in front of the pearly gates with a bright light behind him.

Tina told AZfamily.com after her miracle recovery: “It was so real – the colours were so vibrant.”

Last week, Tina’s loving niece Madie has commemorated the apparent spiritual encounter with a tattoo of the supernatural scrawl.

Madie, of California, wrote on Instagram: “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 [Tina Hines]!

The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love.”

Up to one in five patients who suffer a cardiac arrest experience so-called “near death episodes”, studies suggest.

Scientists say a burst of brain activity often follows a sudden heart attack, according to a small 2013 University of Michigan study on rats.