I was cycling home from work on Friday 13th, 1991, when I got hit by a car and fell off my bike. I must have landed on the back of my head rather hard and was unconscious for some time. I came round when the paramedics prepared me to go in the ambulance. I can remember looking up at some people standing looking down at me.
I lost consciousness again and only vaguely remember arriving at the hospital in Warwick, so they told me. I began to feel the pressure inside my head, it hurt an awful lot, couldn't stay awake for very long at all, although I did try.
I only remember a nurse telling me I should try to eat something, but I was in no fit state to even think about food. All I wanted to do was sleep! I don't think she realized how bad my concussion was at the time. I was brought into a ward and was left there to rest.
The next morning I woke up and the pressure inside my head had built up considerably. I was in so much pain I called for a nurse and more or less begged for someone to take the pressure off somehow, I only just remember thinking to myself how it would be to lie there without that constant pain in my head, it would not matter to me if I died, at least the pain would be gone.
I lost consciousness again and then as though my wish had come true, I felt light in my head.
I opened my eyes but I didn't see the surroundings as I had seen them before. I was floating at some distance and height away from my bed, I could see somebody in that bed, and doctors had come to look at me, looking concerned. I just floated there for some time watching the doctors looking at me. Then it went dark again.
It was some time before I came round again, and the pain was still there.
As time went on, I recovered slowly but steadily. I was in hospital for four or five nights before I was allowed home again. I was still feeling rather weak; I could barely get to the bathroom by myself.
I also discovered that I had lost my sense of smell and taste because of the accident. Once out of hospital I went to join my colleagues for a meal at a pub in Harbury (I found a place to live in that same village some months later). I couldn't really enjoy my food as much as I had hoped, which was another setback for me. But I had to learn to live with that.
Date NDE Occurred: 14/12/1991
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain AccidentDirect head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I can't be one hundred percent certain that I have been clinically dead, as no doctors have told me about it, it's only from what I have learned about it myself.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The only time I remember being alert and at a good level of consciousness was during the period I was floating above the bed.
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
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? Uncertain It was brighter but only because my general surroundings were dark at that time.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
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
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 none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal none
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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. I was still dazed and had not realized what had really happened while in hospital. It was only after some years when I actually started thinking about it more consciously that I realized what had happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Now that I have read and begun to understand what happened I am more convinced that what happened was real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It is something that unnerved me a bit, realizing that I (may) have been clinically dead, I feel different about myself, less confident about certain things I want to do. I take each day as it comes.