The physician arrived in response to the call for help from my husband who had just arrived with my two older daughters. They couldn't find any veins to put the intravenous needle into for the blood serum. I was almost unconscious, my body did not respond, but my mind was conscious listening to everything that was being said around me. They were worried because they couldn't find a vein and according to what they said I was losing my pulse.
After this I remember beginning to rise upward and follow a white light that was getting bigger the closer I got to it. I then heard only echoes of the voices of the people who were present in the room. After this, there was a total silence and I experienced an immense peace, tranquility. I felt no pain, only great happiness and I sensed that something marvelous would be waiting for me once I reached the light. Then I heard the echo of my daughters' voices (saying, 'Mommy, what's happening to you mommy?') and the cries of my baby. And then I remembered that I had three small children who needed me and I pleaded with God, saying to Him: 'No, my God, not yet. My children need me,' and I felt as if I fell down from above into the hospital cot where my body lay.
I began to feel pain once again. After this, they took me to surgery where the doctors closed up my wound and cleaned up the spilled blood. I don't know how long all this took, but afterward a doctor told me they had given me two liters of blood because I had lost so much. He told me I had been very strong and that everything would be alright and I felt that what he said was the way things would be because God had given me more time to be in this life with the people I love most and who need me.
Date NDE Occurred: Agosto 2, 2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-relatedChildbirth Life threatening event, but not clinical death After giving birth to my last child, I decided to get my tubes tied and after the surgery one of the tubes had remained open and I was bleeding internally. The people who were in charge of observing me did not pay attention and I got to my limits of pain, had convulsions, and almost lost consciousness.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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 They were much stronger, as if I already knew that what awaited me was much better.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I felt myself rising up and I saw the great white light.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning As if everybody who is down below did everything more rapidly. But I was up above as if suspended in time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I looked at this brilliant, dazzling, white light and somehow I could also see my children and the people who were trying to save my life.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I could tell where the echoes of the voices were coming from.
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: 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 It was a brilliant light that got bigger and I followed it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, tranquility, happiness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control This life is fleeting and that a better life exists after this life. There's no reason to fear death. Death does not exist. It is only a transition.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I now follow all the norms of the church and I take my family with me to church.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now follow all the norms of the church and I take my family with me to church.
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes There is a God, an omnipotent being who always hears us and sees us.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I now am more giving to my family. I have forgiven people whom I never thought I would forgive. Now material things, which seem so important and some necessary to live or live well, are not the most important things.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The tranquility I felt was immense, something I still cannot explain even now.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I recovered the ability to see current and future events in dreams. I had this gift as a child but for some reason I lost it. After this I began to have intuitive dreams once again.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The part where I pleaded with God to leave me even though I felt this immense force attracting me, and nevertheless He allowed me to stay in this life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Months afterwards my mother was the first one I told and she became very emotional and cried.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No Programs, books, but I don't believe they had any influence because my experience was something inexplicable, neither in books nor in programs could the feeling of immense peace ever be described exactly.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real. In the days following I believed it had been caused by the pain since I had read in books that doctors determined that life after death experiences were a state of consciousness to escape pain.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I now see it was definitely real because the immense peace that I felt will never be found anywhere here on earth. I am now sure it was something supernatural.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I would like to say that everybody is here temporarily, and if we learn as much as possible to get along with each other better, everything will be much easier because this life isn't the real life. We have to learn how to be good because what awaits us is much better. And we don't need to fear death, because death does not exist. It is only a change of life.