Billy D NDE

Experience Description


I was in the hospital having Ureteroscopic surgery (kidney stone removal) and was given a general anesthetic. Sometime during the operation, I awoke. However, while I could hear, I could not open my eyes or move. In fact, I felt quite different - kind of like a ball. It was dark and void. The only senses I was aware of were sound and a sense of being a small ball surrounding my intelligence. I was very conscious and could hear doctors and nurses talking. I knew I was suffering from pulmonary aspiration, and this was later verified.


I believe this was the first stage in an NDE. And while I never left my body, I definitely had a disconnecting-from-the-body experience. I call it ‘my in-body experience.’

Background Information:

Gender: Male

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very conscious, I could hear doctors and nurses talking. I knew I was suffering from pulmonary aspiration, and this was later verified.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Just wondered what was happening.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

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

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Experience reported 3-1/2 years later

I was in the hospital having Ureteroscopic surgery (kidney stone removal) and was given a general anesthetic. Sometime during the operation, I awoke. However, while I could hear, I could not open my eyes or move. In fact, I felt quite different - kind of like a ball. It was dark and void. The only senses I was aware of were sound and a sense of being a small ball surrounding my intelligence. I was very conscious and could hear doctors and nurses talking. I knew I was suffering from pulmonary aspiration, and this was later verified.


I believe this was the first stage in a near death experience. And while I never left my body, I definitely had a disconnecting-from-the-body experience. I call it ‘my in-body experience.’

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No


Did you feel separated from your body? Yes

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very conscious. I could hear doctors and nurses talking. I knew I was suffering from pulmonary aspiration, and this was later verified.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was just wondering what was happening.

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No It simply reinforced my religious beliefs.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

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