TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ)—Is there life after death? That question has consumed mankind for centuries.

Adam May talks to a Maryland man who claims he saw the afterlife, and it all started with a crab cake.

Ancient Greeks first studied near death experiences. Now millions of Americans tell similar stories about “the tunnel of light.”

Mike Solano describes it as “a sea of blackness and lights coming through in different colors, and it just kept going like that faster and faster and faster.”

Solano says he has seen the other side.  WJZ met up with him at Michael’s Cafe in Timonium. 

May: “They have the best crab cakes?”

Solano: “Absolutely!”

May: “Crab cakes worth dying for?”

It was there, in September, when Solano took part in a crab cake eating contest.  A reporter with Patch was videotaping the event when he choked on the fifth sandwich.

Solano: “Bop, lights out.”

May: “So do you think you were technically dead for a few minutes?

Solano: “Yeah. It was four minutes without any oxygen. I suffered a mini stroke.”

Solano doesn’t remember the panic as patrons and paramedics tried saving his life. Instead, he recalls an emotional journey.

“I started feeling and seeing talon-like chains with claws on the end of them, coming down and starting to rip my skin, and a pain that I have never felt in life ever,” he said. “And I started begging and saying ‘Mercy, please,’ and then boom, it stopped.”

May: “So then what happened?”

Solano: “I just stopped movement and laying there.  The pain is gone, my body is gone, and it’s very white.”

That’s when he says he heard familiar voices discussing his fate.

“For lack of a better term, spiritual figures or angels, nothing with wings, but embodiments with a human form started replacing my body parts,” he said.

May: “Was it a comforting feeling or scary?”

Solano: “I had pretty much determined that this was it. I was gone, so at that point it was acceptance.  I was apprehensive but relieved.”

Suddenly, the light fades.

“I look up and there’s a man in a white coat and I said ‘Am I dead?’  He said, ‘Nope, you’re in the hospital,’” Solano recalled.

Some people in the scientific community would say these are hallucinations, but Solano disagrees.

“To be quite honest with you, I lived in the 70s. I know the difference,” he said. “Whether you wanna believe or not, something does happen.”

A British researcher is conducting one of the largest near death studies. It could be complete later this year.

Comments (17)
  1. brenda walsh says:

    This is news?

  2. Mike says:

    he said he went through the 70’s. Now that said he just admitted to tripping. How do we know LSD was not sitting in his spinal cord and when he went down like he did it gave him a lapse of a trip.

  3. Karla Brown says:

    You’d only know he was describing the truth if you have gone through something like this!

    1. albert says:

      Karla, guess you’re a drinker also eh toot’s?

  4. bzlbub says:

    I don’t know what to say…… what utter nonsense.

  5. albert says:

    He was drunk & fell off the stool thus creating a big stool from this fool.

  6. zoro says:

    Moral of the story,….Don’t eat crab cakes or drink @ Michaels.

  7. Steve Wilson says:

    This is supposed to be proof of life after death. More like an idiot with dire need of an education (not in Baltimore City) who should be dead and raise average intelligence level of everyone left.

  8. William Harrington says:

    He was brain dead long before he choked on a crab cake.

  9. unknown... says:

    Just to let you know. HE WAS SOBER NOT A TRACE OF ANYTHING IN HIS SYSTEM. Don’t judge unless you where there and you know him. The people who wrote these comments don’t have nothing better to do than write nasty thimgs that are not true

  10. DRavensOsFan says:

    Don’t worry judgement day will come and you will see if he is right or wrong.

    1. Ignorance Lives says:

      If I might add but one more comment…..

      The negative and nasty commenters will not be seeing the “white light” Rather, they will reach their destiny, via the “chains and talons”.

      1. moleman says:

        Ignorance lives, Uh uh, No way Jose. Remember,…Jesus forgives all.

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