Multiple cardiac and respiratory arrests over a 60 day period.
Date NDE Occurred: April - June 1996
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-relatedHeart attack Life threatening event, but not clinical death Multiple cardiac and respiratory arrests over a 60 day period.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain Part may have been separation. The majority if it was first person. I experienced it in my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Mixed from unconscious to semi-conscious
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning There was a point where I was falling from orbit around a planet in a darkened space ship. Things seemed to go to slow and I wanted it to end even though I realized in my mind ending it would mean my death.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? The sounds I had were part of my experience and could be related to what was happening to me at the time during the cardiac arrests
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? From anxious, to calm and then boring. I knew at one point if an event occurred I was going to die. I was very calm concerning that fact. I was surprised when I didn't
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 During the events, I did not. But I was very awake and aware of the situation and I found myself doing a lot of reviewing while I was wide awake for hours on end.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I was unable to move. I was strapped in a chair in the above mentioned space ship.
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 I knew if I felt my body I would be better. During most of the experience, I was unable to move. Toward the end I decided to try to move my foot one more time and I felt it and I also felt it move. Shortly after that I heard, 'he's coming to' from one of the residents
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Catholic… did not practice
What is your religion now? Moderate continues to not actively practice
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Difficult to describe.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes At face value it was easy yet to convey all the emotions is difficult. I found it to be very mixed. Frightening at time yet calming and also amusing.
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? After one of the cardiac arrests seeing my family there. Writing a note to my wife to have the doctors stop and not resuscitate me anymore. Thankfully my wife ignored me... came back the next day and really let me have it :) In a loving way. I did have another arrest but shortly after that, we were able to convince the doctors they needed to look into my underlying condition and to treat me differently. They finally did and things turned around quickly.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Amusing, disappointment, frightened depending on the person and how I told it. It was accurate but at times I would put in more of the funny aspects of it all.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It was not difficult to answer the questions. I did however have a problem tonight filling out the actual event of the NDE. Of all the times I had one, there is one that is still vivid and also difficult to type in.