I am writing this from two views, firstly from my experience and second from Alicia's view. On July 16, 2001, I had been sent out of town with the Army, my roommate, more like a daughter, was ill from intestinal blockage brought on from a cesarean section. The night of the 16th, she went into heart failure and went approximately nine minutes with no heartbeat. She was resuscitated and transported to the emergency room of the local hospital. I was informed of this via the Red Cross and was flying home on the morning of the 18th. On the plane ride back, at 8 am I felt something like someone had pulled something out of my head, at that moment I saw what I could best describe as an oblong fuzzy star, come from next to my head, fly up to the seat in front of me and then disappear through the roof of the airplane. Because it was such an intense experience, I took note of the time.
Upon arriving back in town, I went to the hospital where my friend was in the intensive care unit in a coma, with a prognosis of no chance of surviving. Talking with the doctor that Friday, he encouraged me to sign a do not resuscitate order, stating her heart had stopped again. 'Wednesday,' I stated, 'at 8:00AM.' He looked at me and said yes. He never asked but had this look about him of how did I know.
Sometime later Alicia came out of her coma; almost from the very first she told an amazing story of having gone to Heaven. She would look at you and point up to the sky and say, 'I went to heaven, and it was beautiful.' She would hold her arms out as wide as she could and say, 'There were lots of people, lots of people.' She would cross her arms over her chest and say, 'Everybody loved each other, there was no cussing, no fighting, no shooting.' With each statement, she would use her hands to emphasize what she said, and lastly she would say, 'I didn't want to come back.'
She passed away Easter Sunday 2003. I need it known that she had suffered massive brain damage and was unable to remember virtually anything, yet her memory of having gone to heaven was one that was never forgotten and one that never changed. I did not experience anything the day she passed forever, I believe the first time she was scared and came to me out of fear, but the second time, she had no fear, she knew she was going to a beautiful and peaceful place.
Date NDE Occurred: 18 July 2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Coma
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Lots of people.
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A beautiful bright place.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Heaven.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Peace.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Awe.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Some way to allow second (third party) tellings.