Dr. Alexander has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Over those years he personally dealt with hundreds of patients suffering from severe alterations in their level of consciousness. Many of those patients were rendered comatose by trauma, brain tumors, ruptured aneurysms, infections, or stroke. While many comatose patients died, there were occasional ones who recovered. None of them was able to provide much insight concerning their experience..
In the predawn hours of November 10, 2008, Dr. Alexander himself became a comatose patient. For reasons that remain obscure, he was overcome by a fulminant bacterial meningitis and was comatose on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit within hours. His physicians were stunned to find that the culprit was a bacteria that almost never causes spontaneous meningitis in adults! After six days on triple antibiotics, showing no response and with little neurological function remaining, his physicians had few words of encouragement for his family.
On day seven he said “Thank you” when the breathing tube was removed! However, his earliest recollections were strange and involved no recall of his life before coma. Like a newborn, he had no functioning language, nor knowledge of this world, our culture, or the loved ones surrounding him. Foggy-minded for several days, he steadily improved and began writing and organizing his recollections of the experience..
Memories from the time in coma were inexplicable. They were like a patchwork quilt, with no apparent sequence, nor temporal relationship to one another. The purest and most extraordinary part of his journey happened deep in coma. How, then, was it possible for that rich experience to originate in his badly infected brain?.
While deep in a coma Eben says he was on a journey to heaven, he had no earthly memories and no body awareness. ‘just a speck in a dark murky environment and seemed like he was there for a very long time. I was rescued by a beautiful, spinning, white light that had a melody, an incredibly beautiful melody with it that it opened up into a bright valley with blossoming flowers with an incredible, rich, ultra real world of indescribable complexity’
Alexander said there was a young woman who soared across time and space with him on a butterfly wing and gave him a message to take back from Heaven.
“She looked at me, and this was with no words, but the concepts came straight into mind: You are loved; you are cherished; there’s nothing you have to fear; there’s nothing you can do wrong,” he said.
After Alexander recovered, who was adopted, was shown a picture by his biological family of a deceased sister (Betsy) he had never met or seen before. He recognized the sister as the young woman from Heaven.
Dr. Alexander has written a book titled "Proof Of Heaven".