On October 2nd, 2002 I went to the emergency room because I had sharp pain under my right shoulder blade. When I breathed, it was beyond excruciating pain. My x-rays and other tests came back normal. They admitted me anyhow because my blood pressure was 187/127 and they couldn't get it to drop. The next day all I did was sleep. But on the third day fluid filled around my heart and in and around my lungs. I stopped breathing. They moved me to the intensive care unit and put me on full life support. On October 7, 2002, I awoke and ripped out all of the wires and tubes and went into cardiac arrest.
That's when it happened. I went to a place that was the most comfortable, peaceful place that I had ever been to. I was at the lighted side of a tunnel. I saw dead relatives, all glad to see me. When I looked down the tunnel, I saw my body being frantically worked on. At 2:12 pm, I was pronounced dead. At the same time, out of the blinding white light, a voice I assumed to be God asked me,' Are you ready to come home?' I said, 'No!'
I was later told there was a blip on the heart monitor. They shocked my heart and I woke up with the paddles inches off my chest. Within two days, I was off life support and back in a regular room. I fully recovered without any damage from being dead for ten minutes. My doctors called me their miracle patient. They never had anyone survive Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as severe as mine and make a full recovery.
Date NDE Occurred: October 7,2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical death Was on full life supportI quit breathing due to thirteen gallons of fluid in my upper body
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 could see myself laying in the intensive care unit being worked on by the doctors, but I was at the outside of the bright end of a tunnel.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Physically I was unconscious; emotionally I was conscious enough to know where I went and how I came back. When I returned to my body I was fully alert for three minutes before I went unconscious again and was put back on life support.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I felt like I was in Heaven for a lot longer than the ten minutes I was dead.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? God's booming yet gentle voice.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I felt myself float up the tunnel, as I got closer to the bright white light all my torments drifted away.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes They were standing outside the tunnel waiting for me. They were my brother, my papa Joe, and my uncle Denny. They didn't really speak it was like our minds were linked. I was told they missed me and when they heard I was coming they came to greet me. They each asked about other loved ones.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A light so bright white it was one hundred times brighter than the sun, yet I could see around me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Don't specifically recall anything but the bright white light.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I learned that when God calls you home you have one time only to say, 'No! I am not ready to come home.' If you possess a special emotional ability, God will let you come back to Earth. But for the rest of your earthly time you have to use that talent to help others. Everyone's purpose on earth is to help others. God has many names, he answers all faiths equally.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Quite a few things that were told to me by my relatives actually occurred. So I'd say they were eighty percent accurate.
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 got to choose coming back and I felt I still had work to do on earth.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate non-denominational
What is your religion now? Moderate non-denominational
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I make it a point to treat everyone like I may never see them again. I treat everyone with respect even people I don't like.
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? Yes I developed a sixth sense to the emotional needs of others.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best: Learning it doesn't hurt to die. Worst: not staying in Heaven when I had the chance.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes No one seemed to believe me until stuff I said would happen started happening.
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? Seeing your dead body laying with a sheet over your face and watching your mother cry is the main reason I came back.