After being hospitalized for a month and a half for cancer treatment, I was discharged on 09/24/11 at three in the afternoon. The nurse in charge of me had removed the central line in my left leg (a catheter tube that is placed in one of the larger veins to allow the rapid introduction of fluids into the body) around noon and I had rested for a while to prevent bleeding from the site. I got into the vehicle with my mother and everything seemed normal as we left the hospital. We planned to stop at a supermarket pharmacy in the Laredo area to pick up my prescribed medications. On the way there, I started feeling a bit anxious for no apparent reason and noticed my vision blurring. I asked my mother to hurry because the feeling was intensifying. By the time we got to the parking lot, I was unconscious.My mother called my father who was in another vehicle. When he got there, he observed me in a full convulsive state and bleeding from the central line site. When I came back to consciousness, I didn't recognize anyone at first. My parents kept asking me if I was okay and I nodded, 'no.' I was still bleeding from the puncture site, so my father decided to drive out in front and clear the way for our vehicle so we could get to the hospital as fast as possible. According to my mother, I passed out one more time as we took off. On the way to the hospital, I regained consciousness but I was still feeling weak. I heard my mother say, 'Please hold on, Alex, we are almost there!'I lost consciousness again and saw a very bright white light, unlike anything on earth. I noticed the sky was a beautiful blue, and I felt a wonderful peace and quietness for a moment. I had a flashback from a moment when my mother was driving me back to the ER before I passed out again, (which I had not seen,) and I heard myself say, 'Please help me, God.' During that flashback, I saw two radiant orbs in the sky from which numerous tall beings were rapidly descending and surrounding both our truck and the road in front of us all the way to the hospital. A being that was taller than the rest was standing on the hospital roof and holding something in his hands, but I could not see what it was. I saw the bright white light again and woke up in the emergency room triage room, surrounded by nurses, a physician and other medical staff. Later I was transferred out of triage to a regular emergency room and my mother told me I had completely lost consciousness in the truck while having a fourth convulsion and that I been brought back to life with shocks in the triage room.I still think about what the doctor said to me later, 'Alex, I do not know what happened, but after we brought you back to life, we ran blood tests on you which all came back normal. Furthermore, the CT scan and MRI results were normal; the EEG performed on you and cardiac echo were all normal too. We could not find anything that might have caused the seizures. The thing that puzzles me the most is that you lost two and a half pints of blood, but you did not need a blood transfusion.' I was left in observation for four full days and then discharged. I have been okay since, [written three weeks later] though I am still having my chemotherapy treatment.
Date NDE Occurred: 09/24/11
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was bleeding at the site where a central line was removed.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was observing the flashback scene.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The white light was brighter than usual and the tall beings seemed a bit transparent. Immediately before, my vision is blurry.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No difference.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A very bright white light unlike anything on earth.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt tranquility and peace.
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? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No The thought of my mother telling me, just before the white light appeared, to please hold on.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I feel closer to God than I have ever felt.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly 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 I truly believe now that God is with us all the time.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin Very tall beings dressed in bright white robes, and a being taller than the rest with a similar robe, a golden rope around the waist and a crown that looked like gold olive leaves.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes
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 definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes The tall beings are a definite answer that a supreme being exists.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely 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 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 definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes The feeling and the tall unearthy beings definitely make me think there is a definite life after death.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes peace and tranquility is all part of love
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I feel I understand people and their emotions and problems more than I used to.
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 the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Though this is my second NDE (my first was at birth, as per my mother) I have always had clairvoyance, clairsentience, and sometimes the ability to channel and speak to dearly departed loved ones. After this experience, I noticed a slight intensification of these gifts, which God gave me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared the experience with my parents the next day. They just looked at each other and said it was not my time to leave. I shared it two weeks later with a Christian pastor and he just changed the subject.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Just what I had seen on television or read in articles.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I remember everything with clarity, and I link the reality of it to the labs and tests they ran in the hospital when everything tested 'normal.' It was definitely real to me because of the feelings of tranquility and peace I had.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Everything was of unearthly origin, from the tall beings, to the emotions I felt, to the events here on earth connected to the experience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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