At approximately 5:00 pm on 10-10-2014 something happened. It was like an explosion in my head and body. I was very light headed, sweating profusely and weak. A little before 7:00 pm, a neighbor and my wife got me to the hospital. They rushed me into the emergency room and hooked me up to all their electronic instruments. They found that my pulse was 20 beats per minute (bpm). The nurses started hooking me up to IV's and trying to get blood from my arms but my veins had collapse in my arms. I was told I had a Heart Block, meaning that something was wrong with the electrical system in my heart and it was not sending the correct signals. After a short time, my pulse started to come up. When it got to 56 bpm, I flat-lined. I don't know how long I was in that state; I heard afterwards that it was anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds. My heart started back on it's own before they could get the paddles on me. While I was gone, I don't know if I had a near death experience or my brain was doing something.While in that state, I was in a Black Void. I was at peace with everything and was not afraid. The next thing was that I was looking at the ceiling and nothing made sense; everything was jumbled until the ceiling finally came back into focus . The first thing I said was, 'What Happened!' They told me that I had flat-lined and they were going to install a temporary pacemaker. From here on for the rest of the night, I was in a daze and have no reference of time. They installed a temporary pacemaker at approximately 9:00 pm through the groin. Then I went to the intensive care unit for the rest of the night. At 11:00 am on 10-11-14 I was in surgery again for my permanent pacemaker. They removed the temporary pacemaker. On Sunday at 2:00 pm I came home. If the hospital didn't have the rule that they put you in a wheelchair, I could have walked out because that is how good I felt.
Date NDE Occurred: 10-10-2014
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart Block. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
Due to the heart blockage, my pulse was 20 bpm when I arrived at the emergency room.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal The black void and the total absence of any sound or visual images.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was instantly aware that I had died. I remember saying that something went terribly wrong.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had no vision of anything.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could only hear myself.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was at peace with what had happened, there was nothing I could do to return.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It is hard to explain. With all the waste of peoples' lives, why doesn't a higher power doesn't step in?
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? I look at things in my daily life differently now and I am happier and smell the flowers now that I found out life can be cut short very quickly. I look at things in my daily life differently now and I am happier and smell the flowers now that I found out life can be cut short very quickly.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Within 24 hours, I told my brother and sister-in-law. My brother was very interested because he lost his wife to cancer a little over a year ago. He wanted to know if I saw her. He said I was always the adventurous one in the family.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Just a little of what I had seen on the TV or a few books I have read. It made me realize that it is true.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real The next day, when I was more alert, I realized I did die and came back. Somebody gave me a round trip ticket.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real If it wasn't real, why does it haunt me every day and night?
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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