‘It’s Real,’ Aunt Says of Heaven, Viral Instagram Photo of Tattoo Tells Story

‘It’s Real,’ Aunt Says of Heaven, Viral Instagram Photo of Tattoo Tells Story

A photo of a tattoo of disjointed letters inscribed on a wrist that reads “It’s Real” posted last week went viral because of the story behind it, which has sparked numerous positive comments about having faith and believing in heaven.

Maddie Johnson from California shared a photo of the tattoo she’d recently gotten on her wrist on Instagram that recalls the story of the time when her aunt had a sudden heart attack and how, after surviving the ordeal, wrote “it’s real” into a notepad and pointed “up to heaven.”

Johnson’s aunt, Tina Hines from Phoenix, Arizona, had suffered a sudden heart attack last year while on a walk with her husband, Brian Hines.

“According to doctors [she] had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital,” Johnson wrote.

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Had the opportunity to do a really special tattoo the other day, take a second to read the story you won’t regret it ???????? . @madiejohnson – “My Aunt Tina, one of the healthiest and most amazing people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by first responders before arriving to the hospital. She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”✍???? The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.”

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“She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousin’s journal wrote ‘it’s real,’” Johnson continued.

“The people in the room asked ‘what’s real?’ and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes,” she added.

The post has amassed more than 18,000 likes, and its accompanying post by her tattoo artist, who called the tattoo “really special,” gained more than a million likes.

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(sharing because this story is too cool not to share) A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital. She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”. The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes. 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 @_tinahines! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love❤️

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Johnson shared that Hines’s experience has strengthened her 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,” she added.

Photos Johnson posted of what her aunt had written into the notepad exactly matched the tattoo.

On Hines’s Instagram account, the profile description reads: “#itsreal Heaven. Survived sudden cardiac arrest. Dead 27 min defibrillated 6 times,” with the date of Feb. 12, 2018 accompanying the post. She also added: “Christ follower. Mother of 4 incredible kids.”

Tina Hines, Johnson’s aunt, described to AZ Family that what she saw was “so real, the colors were so vibrant.”

“It was almost like that vision of a sun. And then Jesus standing there,” in front of black gates. The station reported that upon finding herself seeing such a vision, she had the feeling that it was not her time.

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I am sharing this because many have asked and want to know more. If you’d like you can watch my aunt and uncle meeting the paramedics who saved her on the link in my bio. While my Aunt’s story has impacted me in ways I can’t explain, I was not there when my Aunt collapsed. My Uncle Brian, my cousin Tatum, and their friend Jeff were there when she collapsed in her Arizona driveway. They were getting ready for a hike one second, and the next second saw my Aunt unconscious on the ground. My Uncle Brian and Jeff immediately did chest compressions before first responders arrived. My cousin Tatum watched as her dad tried to save her mom. In fact, paramedics stated she had no pulse and was shocked five times (I thought four). I hope to share more parts of the story soon, through the eyes of others who were there.

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Emergency responders also told the TV station that the rescue experience left a strong impression on them, so much so that they planned to share the story with their children.

“We ended up shocking her three times on scene and two en route,” one firefighter told AZ Family. “I’ve never shocked anyone five times.”

“It’s one of those calls that none of us will ever forget. I was a witness to a miracle is the way I look at it,” another firefighter said.

According to comments on Johnson’s Instagram post, the story behind her new tattoo is said to have also been shared widely to Facebook and Twitter networks.

What Hines had was a near-death experience, which is not uncommon—it is reported by an estimated 200,000 Americans a year. Studies around the world suggest NDEs are a common human experience, even though science has yet to explain such a phenomenon.

Nelson Abreu, an engineer and a researcher into out of body experiences, including NDEs, in a book titled “Consciousness Beyond the Body: Evidence and Reflections,” wrote: “In several studies, nearly all NDErs reported a strong decrease or complete loss of the fear of death as the result of their NDEs. Nearly all experiencers (up to 98 percent) acquired a certainty of life after death.”

Some common experiences that have been reported during NDEs include seeing loved ones who have passed away, encountering angels or other transcendental beings, feelings of lightness and euphoria, and being able to view one’s own physical body from outside of it.

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Tara MacIsaac contributed to this report.

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