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Could Pam Reynolds Hear?
A New Investigation into the
Possibility of Hearing During this
Famous Near-Death Experience
Gerald M. Woerlee, M.B.B.S. (Western Australia),
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
ABSTRACT: The well-known Pam Reynolds near-death experience (NDE) oc-
curred at the Barrow Neurological Institute during a medically well-documented
period, which is why many people regard it as proof of the reality of a separable
immaterial conscious mind. In this article, I use information from related publi-
cations from the Barrow to fill in lacunae in the published medical documenta-
tion of this apparently amazing NDE. Furthermore, I present the case that the
four veridical auditory perceptions Reynolds reported can be explained by her
ability to hear during periods of conscious awareness while under the influence
of the combination of drugs employed to provide general anesthesia during the
operation on her giant basilar artery aneurysm.
KEYWORDS: Pam Reynolds, anesthesia awareness, hearing, near-death experi-
The veridical aspects of the extraordinary near-death experience
(NDE) that Pam Reynolds reported are often cited as proof of the re-
ality of a separate immaterial conscious mind or non-local conscious-
ness. Reynolds underwent a major neurosurgical operation to remove
a basilar artery aneurysm under general anesthesia and hypother-
Gerald M. Woerlee, M.B.B.S. (Western Australia), FRCA (London), is an anesthesiol-
ogist affiliated with the Rijnland Hospital in Leiderdorp and Alphen aan den Rijn, The
Netherlands and an affiliate associate professor to the Department of Anesthesiology,
Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. He is author of the books
Mortal Minds (2003, Prometheus Books) and The Unholy Legacy of Abraham (2008,
Booklocker). Communications regarding this article should be sent to Dr. Woerlee at
Journal of Near-Death Studies, 30(1), Fall 2011 C 2011 LANDS
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Woerlee, Gerald M. Could Pam Reynolds Hear? A New Investigation into the Possibility of Hearing During this Famous Near-Death Experience, article, Autumn 2011; Durham, North Carolina. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc461684/m1/1/: accessed June 4, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .