Ohio truck driver saw heaven for 45 minutes, then God sent him back


By Mark Ellis

Brian & Roberta Miller
Brian & Roberta Miller

Truck driver Brian Miller,41, was delivering metal to a warehouse in Streetsboro, Ohio, when he felt a sudden tightness in his chest.

At first he thought the tightness might be due to a frigid blast from the polar vortex or even asthma, but as the pain sharply intensified, he dialed  9-1-1. “I’m a truck driver and I think I’m having a heart attack,” he told the dispatcher.

Paramedics brought him to University Hospitals’ Ahuja Medical Center, where doctors discovered a complete blockage of his main artery, a condition sometimes nicknamed the ‘widow maker’ due to its often-fatal results. Former NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert died suddenly from a similar blockage.

After Dr. William Wolf performed emergency surgery to clear the blockage, Miller seemed to be recovering. He was sitting up in bed, talking, and in good spirits, but then his heart careened into ventricular fibrillation – or V-fib – an acute medical emergency.

Miller in ICU
Miller in ICU

“His heart was quivering in there; it wasn’t able to pump,” ICU nurse Emily Bishop told Fox8 News in Cleveland. She frantically called “Code Blue” for CPR and a half-dozen doctors and nurses rushed in to see if they could restore Miller’s heart.

If a V-fib continues for more than a few seconds, it often moves into a “flatline” condition in such situations, with cardiogenic shock and complete loss of blood flow. Sudden death usually results in mere moments.

They knew that if Miller was not revived within about five minutes, he could sustain irreversible brain damage and possibly become brain dead.

Despite their heroic efforts, Miller began to slip away.  “He had no heart rate. He had no blood pressure. He had no pulse; his brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes,” Bishop recounted. “We shocked him four times and it still didn’t work.”

When his heart stopped, Miller entered another dimension of reality. “I started to see a light and I started walking toward the light,” Miller told News8.

Then his eyes beheld a wondrous sight. “It opened into a most beautiful path with flowers.

His mother-in-law, Kay, who had passed away from cancer only 10 days prior to his health emergency, greeted Miller. “She was the most beautiful thing when I saw her, just like the day I first met her,” he recounted. “She looked so happy.”

Then she grabbed his arm. “It’s not your time. You don’t need to be here,” she told him. “We need to take you back. You have things to do at home.”

Her husband, Jack, stood nearby. He waved and gave Miller a smile. Then Miller’s soul returned to his body.

After 45 minutes, Miller’s pulse and normal heart function returned – something inexplicable to the medical

ICU Nurse Emily Bishop
ICU Nurse Emily Bishop

professionals around him. “Think about it. His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes,” nurse Bishop marveled. “So the fact that he’s up walking, talking, and laughing is amazing,” she told News8.

“When he first woke up he said he had seen my dad and mom, and he had seen the light. He was talking real shallow from all the medical equipment they had on him,” Miller’s wife, Roberta, told Fox News. She and Brian have three daughters.

Miller later told Fox News he always believed in “the Lord” and the afterlife. “I went to church a lot when I was growing up,” he recalled. “And after I got married I didn’t hardly go to church.”

Now he considers his mother-in-law his guardian angel. Before she passed away, she gave him a guardian angel figure for his truck, which says, “don’t ever drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.”

“I kiss it every day when I am driving my truck,” he noted.

“There is an afterlife and people need to believe in it.”


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  1. God wants to bring us back home. We only need to believe in His son, Jesus Christ who He gave to us so that we can have eternal life with Him in Heaven. Go online and search “Akiane”, a child prodigy who paints images of Heaven and Jesus that she has seen in visions.

  2. My brother in law had just such an experience and it brought him into a relationship with God that transformed his life. He died only recently in January at 80, having stayed true to his vision–a truly transformed man. Faith in God leaves us with nothing to lose but every thing to gain!

  3. I for one believe his story, that there is a heaven and that we will see our loved ones again… There is a truly amazing book out by Joe Laws titled, “Held By The Hand Of God: Why Am I Alive.” It is a book about the author’s own experience of visiting heaven (after suffering a severe accident) http://heldbythehandofgod.com/. I guess the thing that really grabbed me about this book is the fact that one of my very close friends had a similar experience (NDE). ALthough some of their experiences were different- there were many similarities.

    • Amen, Betty! I am with you :-). Thanks for sharing Joe’s book with us. It looks very interesting!

  4. You’re welcome BonnieW. I hope you get a chance to check the book out, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  5. My biggest question is “Why did he walk toward the light when everybody else flies down a tunnel at warp speed toward it?”

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