I was ran over by a boat. The propeller cut into my right chest. I was still awake halfway to the hospital. I then passed out from loss of blood and lack of oxygen not able to breath. I immediately saw the red lights of the ambulance and the street lights as well as the traffic. The next thing I knew I was watching the attendants taking me out of the ambulance. I was floating at the inside roof of the ambulance. Then all of a sudden, I was inside a bright white light. I associated this light with Jesus because I had a conversation with him as to whether it was my time to go or not. There were things I still needed to do i.e.: my wife and kids to raise. The instant He agreed with me I popped back into my body and woke up while they were working on me. They looked very surprised. I also left my body during the operation. I saw the doctor sticking very long forceps into my chest saying, 'Just a minute, I found another one.' I think I died again. Later the nurses told me that in the emergency room, when I woke up, I had a big smile on my face. The doctor also told me that I was as dead as a person could be and still live. The experience was loving, warm, and peaceful. I also experienced no time. It just was. Of course, no one believes me. I do know this for sure. There is a life after death with full awareness. Jesus said you believe because you saw, blessed are they who believe and have not seen.
Date NDE Occurred: 1974
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . Ran over by a boat.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal I was more aware of everything around me than I normally am.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All the time.
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 Time was not. I just was.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Everything was more vivid and clear.
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
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 The light was a being. I assume it was Jesus.
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 Inside a bright light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, happiness, warmth.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More religious.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes More religious.
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? 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 mental conversation with the light.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes While in the hospital. With my wife after. Met with disbelief.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.
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? None.