A petrified dad spotted a ‘creepy ghost hand’ resting on his son’s leg in a photo – just four days after he ‘came back from the dead’.
Former addict Chris Downing, 43, captured the spine-tingling shot less than a week after he nearly died from a heroin overdose – and believes he might have ‘brought something back’ to the world of the living with him.
The dad-of-two, who is now clean, has shared the photograph for the first time after it was taken back in May 2012 – and the ‘unexplainable’ extra hand in the shot has created waves online.
When paramedics found sceptic-turned-believer Chris, from Wisconsin, USA he was completely blue with no heartbeat or pulse and felt like he was travelling to a bright light down a long tunnel before being revived.
After his horrific wakeup call, the dad knew he needed to get clean – and decided to move cities and start the road to recovery with help from his family.
Before leaving his hometown, the dad booked a night at a local hotel where his children Alexis, now 25, and Kyle, now 16, came to visit him – with Kyle’s mum snapping the seemingly-normal family picture.
But it wasn’t until a week later that Chris received a phone call from his ‘frightened and rattled’ daughter – who pointed out the terrifying ‘ghost hand’ that had made an appearance in the photograph.
“I was at a really rough place in my life when that photo was taken,” Chis said.
“Four days before that, I had nearly died from a heroin overdose. I was deep in drug addiction. But that was the wakeup call I needed.
“The paramedics told me what I was blue and didn’t have a pulse or heartbeat. I just remember feeling warm and travelling to a white light at the end of this trash can sized tunnel.
“But then I woke up just before I reached the end. I knew I needed to change my life and get off drugs for good. So my son’s mother suggested that I come live with them in Arkansas.
“They came to pick me up from the hotel I was staying at, and my daughter came to visit too. We were all so happy to see each other and that’s when we took that family photo,” he said.
“Nothing weird happened that night. Nobody felt anything paranormal at the time. I heard that when a spirit is around, the lights flicker or it gets cold, but nothing like that happened.
“It wasn’t until about a week later my daughter called me and said ‘hey dad, did you see that picture’. I told her that I saw it on Facebook, and she asked me if I saw anything weird in the photo.
“I didn’t know what she was talking about. Then she mentioned a hand. I thought she was talking about my hand, but she told me to zoom in on Kyle’s leg. So I zoomed in and just yelled out ‘holy cow!’.
“I had no idea what the hell it was. I freaked out. I showed it to my son and he burst into tears straight away and ran into his room.
“He thought the ghost was after him and was petrified for a week. He was only 11 at the time, and it was touching his leg. But he said he didn’t feel anything weird. He still won’t look at the photo to this day.”
Chris now believes he might have ‘bought something back’ with him after his near-death experience a few days earlier.
He also confessed he was always heavily sceptical when it came to ghosts and the paranormal – but now is a firm believer.
Chris has now been drug-free for four years – and said he will never forget the chilling family photo.
“That picture is 100% authentic. I swear my life on it. I honestly think it’s a ghost. I don’t know what else it could be,” he said.
“To me, it looks like an old person’s hand because it’s kind of spotty. But I’ve also had people say it looks like a child because it’s so small.
“I think maybe because I was in such a dark place, spirits were attracted to me. Or I could have bought something paranormal back with me from when I nearly died – like they were clinging on to me.
“It’s the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.”