I had this experience hours after giving birth to my third son. After the delivery, I was transferred to the room where I would stay for rest of my hospital stay. I was laying down resting when I suddenly felt a gush of blood. I pulled up the sheets and noticed that I was bleeding uncontrollably. I got up and decided not to call the nurse for help since I had made a mess. I started walking towards the restroom when I started losing my breath. I also noticed I was losing a lot of blood. When I entered the restroom, I started getting dizzy and at this point, I realized that I was going to lose consciousness. The last thing I actually saw was the emergency string, which I think I pulled. What happened next is something that makes me wonder ‘what really happened’. I remember being surrounded by a bright white light. It was all around me. I started to hear the voices of nurses in panic, yelling, asking for help. It was chaos. The strange thing about their voices is that I heard them as if they were far away. I could hear them saying to one another ‘She is not breathing, she's turning blue.’ As I heard this I could remember thinking to myself, ’I'm not breathing? I don't need to breath’. As I was in this bright light, I could literally feel wind blowing through my body. I didn't have to breathe because the air flowing through me was enough and I knew this. All I could feel was peace and happiness. But the thought of my children came to me and I thought ‘no my children’. I remember telling myself to breath and then I did. Slowly I started to open my eyes, with a smile. I was happy.
Date NDE Occurred: February 3, 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain This occurred hours after the delivery of my third son Draven. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very alert. I could think, and I knew what was going on.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The distant voices of nurses.
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? Yes The light was so bright and it was all around me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I know I wasn't breathing, but I didn't feel a need to.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness and peace. I felt alive.
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 I was happy until the thought of my children came to me. Then I told myself ‘start breathing.’
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I can't say it was a bad experience because I felt happy.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They believed that I died.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain