Experience Description

I had an anaphylactic reaction to a medication in the hospital. I had no pulse.

I remember being above my bed and watching everything from above. I heard everything the doctors and nurses said but I could not respond. In the corner of the room above the bed was a good friend who had died the year before. There was a bright light behind her. Then she hugged me and told me to go back down.

After getting epinephrine, my heart restarted and I was no longer looking down from above. Although I was scared I was not going to live, seeing my friend made me feel more secure. Afterwards I told the doctors the dosages of medication they gave me, where everyone was standing in the room, and even what they were wearing. The doctor said that is impossible you had no pulse. I told him the story about how I could see and hear everything and I was above them all in the room. He thought it was fascinating.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 9/23/1999

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Allergic reaction Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)

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 clearly left my body and existed outside it

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness Not sure.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Not sure.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes She was in the corner of the room on the ceiling. Yes it was a good friend. She told me to go back down and then I woke up in my hospital bed.

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 Behind my friend who was in the corner of the room was a bright light.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, helplessness at first, then peace and comfort.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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

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? Conservative/fundamentalist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I certainly believe in a heaven now.

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? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Seeing my friend who had died was very meaningful.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with the doctors and my family right away The doctor was very interested He said he will never doubt that a patient can't hear him when in a coma or without a pulse again.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Just from what had been seen in movies or on TV.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I knew it was real because of all the details I could see when I was floating above my body watching everything.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Still the same.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No