After the trauma to my head I went to the house, my mother put a large ziploc of ice on my head, and I lay down on our wicker couch in the den of our house. (I was raised in a large house, my father was a dental surgeon and all my uncles (but one) were doctors and surgeons (the other was a lawyer).
For the next eleven days - passing my fifth birthday - I couldn't bear the light and was very drowsy. The day I went to the hospital my family was to fly to Minnesota and my mother nagged my father to take me to a doctor a neighbor had recommended. (Our neighbor was a neurosurgeon. His son had passed away in his sleep at Harvard University from hitting his head on a marble floor. Within twenty-four hours, his brain had hemorrhaged.) On the way to the airport, we stopped at Texas Children's Hospital. To see the doctor. He came in and I was on the table with the paper on me, - you know the one. He got a penlight out of his pocket and looked me in the eyes as it passed. He never stopped looking me dead in the eyes.
He gave me a pat on the knee and said, 'Everything is going to be ok.' He said a nurse would come in to give me a shot. I always got shots any time I got a cut. I was ready when she came in. She gave me a shot and I was out.
During the surgery, I lost all vitals and brain activity for sixteen seconds. They were about to call it I guess then my heart started heating again.
I believe it was in this time I saw it.
I saw myself on a doctor's table. I was about fifty to sixty feet away from myself. There were no floors, no ceiling, no walls and as I sat there I could see what I thought was my sister start to approach from the other side walking about forty feet up to me on the table. We were both in white robes. When she came to me at the table, I then returned to my body because I saw her in front of me on the table. She patted my knee and told me, 'Everything is going to be ok.' I woke in intensive care unit, bald and scared and this nurse wanted me to pee in a pan. I started to cry and they dosed me up so I wouldn't move. I guess the next thing I remember was waking briefly in my hospital room, my mother beside the bed on her knees praying. I never will forget the dream I call it. I made a full recovery.
Five children I knew as a child died of the same trauma within twenty-four hours. How I lived for eleven days only God knows.
Date NDE Occurred: July 1975
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Accident BIKE RIDING FLIPPED OVER SHOLDER OF 6FT TEENAGER AND HIT THE CEMENT HEAD FIRST Clinical death SUFFED A SUBDURAL HEMATOMA AND WAS NOT TREATED FOR 11 DAYS. LEFT SIDE. 2 INCH DIAMETER BLOOD CLOT REMOVED BETWEEN BRAIN AND SKULL.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was in a white robe and saw myself from fifty to sixty feet away. There seemed to be color but no wall, ceiling or floor.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Sedated and in surgery.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Just the voice of the other person at the table saying, 'Everything is going to be ok'.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I thought it was my older sister but the person at the table was a full grown female wearing a white robe.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain Just white void in lue of walls.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
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 you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate EPISCOPAL
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Eventually I felt more of a life purpose.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain A lot of deja vu.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No