On the 8th of July 2013, I was out riding my motorcycle when a car drove through a red light and ran me over. My injuries were so severe, that I went into deep shock and stopped breathing.
My experience was very brief and began several minutes after the initial impact. The reports indicate that I was conscious. I tried to get up and walk around, despite a nearly severed leg and shattered spine, none of which I remember. Within several minutes emergency responders arrived and I was loaded into the ambulance.
While still at the accident site, I suddenly found myself sitting upright and injury free next to the emergency medical technician (EMT) in the back of an ambulance. I thought that was really strange as the last thing I remember was the front end of a Mustang coming right at me. Next, I looked over at the other EMT working on someone on the stretcher. I was thinking, 'Did I hurt someone? We are in the back of the ambulance?' I then realized that person on the stretcher was me.
At this point, I somehow instantly and fully comprehended this as an out of body experience. While sitting there and feeling an overwhelming silence, I felt absolutely no pain. I started to lift of the bench from next to the EMT and floated above everything while looking down. I thought for a very brief moment that I physically started to turn away when I saw they were trying to revive me. Just as I felt myself turn and float through the roof of the ambulance, an extremely loud and physical WOOOOSH threw me right back into my body!
The instant I came back in my body, every sound was unbelievably loud and painful. I hear from one of the EMTs, 'We got him!' I became fully conscious and coherent. I told the EMTs what happened, the extent my injuries, and asked them to take me to a specific trauma center hospital. Then I asked if it was ok to pass out.
I didn't wake up for two days after several complicated back and leg surgeries. But I remember having some of the most intense dreams, both good and bad that I've ever had from those days and months to follow.
While this experience was primarily positive, it would still be nice to understand certain fundamentals of a near death experience a little better to provide some closure.
Date NDE Occurred: 7/8/2013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident.
Horrific motorcycle crash.
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 It was exactly like me except I was wearing a motorcycle jacket that I did not have on that day
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Fully except for hearing.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Everything seemed to move slower than I would have expected reality to be.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Total silence except when re-entering my body when there was a loud windy 'WHOOOOSH'
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: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Everything worked except for hearing
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first I was surprised and very briefly scared but then totally at peace with the situation.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe That these EMTs were trying to save me and that I had to try to help.
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? No
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 As I tried to leave the ambulance, some force made me understand that I couldn't leave and the force physically threw me back into my body
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? The best parts was realizing it was happening and the worst part was when it ended and the pain was instantly there
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told some friends and family. They were supportive of the possibility.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No