The warm and commanding voice of Christ asked me one simple question, 'Denver, are you prepared to leave?' I pleaded with Him to allow me to live because my best friend at the time had refused to come to know Christ as his Savior, and my mother would be destroyed without me. I was semi-conscious at this moment. The room was dark and half lit with all kinds of medical technology breathing for me, monitoring my vital signs, and the kinds of things you would see in an ICU. Yet, when Christ's voice spoke to me, the whole room seemed to become brighter than normal.
I'm not sure if I fell asleep or blacked out after this. I had not slept all night because of the gasping laborious attempts to breathe and get oxygen. I floated and traversed over the greenest prairie of tall grass. I could not believe that my being was floating above the ground. It was more exhilarating than any roller coaster! In the center was a very ancient and Holy tree which I believe was the Tree of Life. Beings of all spectrum of light also floated and traveled about. There was no pain. There was no suffering. I felt a sense of euphoric calm that is very difficult to express in words. Remember now, it was during this time that the doctor had told my mother to prepare of the possibility of losing me. All beings chanted the graces of God and praised him. I feel a leap of excitement every time I relive that moment!
I was pulled back down through a dark tunnel back into the ICU, where medical staff were preparing me to leave. They were at this point rushing me to the nearest regional hospital, to see the region's leading expert on pulmonary issues. I was later told that they were going to open up my chest and remove the clot. I remember gasping for air! I was removed from the breathing machine. They had a trachea tube coming out of my throat. They attached a large rubber bulb connected to tank of oxygen, and squeezed it rhythmically to breath for me.
When I arrived 45 minutes later at the regional hospital the expert began running X-rays and other tests. Very frustrated, he called the doctor at the hospital I'd just been sent from. He was quoted as saying, 'Doctor, you send me a dying boy needing surgery and I'll be damned if I can find a thing wrong with him!' The doctor was floored! On later follow up visits to see him, after being released from ICU, he kept repeating that he saw no other alternative than to call this a miracle from God!
Date NDE Occurred: 04/2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Criminal attack Blood clot broke off from my back right thigh and entered into the central location of the lungs. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
The doctor had set up an IV for a sulfa based blood thinner to dissolve the massive blood clot in my lungs. I began to hemorrhage in the stomach and other organs. The doctor told my mother that she should begin to get things in order, as it was unlikely that I would make it through. I was given less than 15% chance of recovery.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would say my most heightened sense of awareness and alertness was when I was being addressed by Christ with his loving question to stay or leave.
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
My time in the prairie seemed like years.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Unbelievably so! A dark room became bright enough with the warm light of Christ. There were no shadows or dark places in ICU.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Before blacking out and while I was being addressed by Christ I could hear every single thing the nurses and doctors were saying across the room. Unfortunately, 15 years later, I cannot remember what was said.
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? Yes Momentarily dark, then the opening to the prairie with the most vivid, crisp, green, tall grass that I could ever imagine!
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 experience included: Darkness
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 The ominous light and the light of other beings - elongated orbs with a spectrum of light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I'm not sure if I fell asleep or blacked out after this. I had not slept all night because of the gasping laborious attempts to breath and get oxygen. I floated and traversed over the most greenest prairie of tall grass. I could not believe that my being was floating above the ground. It was more exhilarating than any roller coaster! In the center was a very ancient and Holy tree which I believe was the tree of Life. Beings of all spectrum of light also floated and traveled about. There was no pain, no suffering, a sense of euphoric calm that is very difficult to express in words.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? JOY! Warmth! Exhilaration! Euphoria! Love!
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control The missed opportunities to witness Christ and lightning speed reviews of events great and small while I pleaded my case to Christ to live.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes There is no doubt of the existence of Christ.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is no doubt of the existence of Christ.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Yes I am closer to my family.
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 strayed from my faith. I was able to accurately describe emotions, past life events and pregnancies of anyone who asked me. I did repent and turn away from doing this. I don't know if I could ever do it again, even if I wanted to try.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? My experience near the Tree of Life and being spoken to by Christ.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It took me a year. Many scoffed. I kept it a personal experience.
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 The validation from a medical specialist, who called my healing a 'Miracle of God'.
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I'm sure there are other moments that I could try to relive, but none at this time.