Because of the bite of a coral snake (micrurus lemniscatus), during the fifth day after the bite I suffered a breathing break because of the collapse of the left lung. The next scene I remember, was observing around me a blue color as the sky, very intense; while this happened, I was descending in a spiral, slowly, until arriving at the bottom of a total darkness. At the bottom of this darkness, there was a 'brightness' of a very brilliant light, which was little by little getting more and more brilliant. The sensation of peace I felt is impossible to describe. Suddenly, I saw my grandfather who died in March of 2005 and he asked me with great tranquility (easiness) if I was fine in there. I told him that I wanted to come back and he responded, 'Then, get out of here; this is no place for you.' After that, I started to turn around in a foggy environment and returned to my body. Then I started to listen to the voices of the doctors, but unclearly, kind of hesitating voices, but soon they became clearer and I realized they were fighting to make me breath. Only at this moment I realized I had left my body.
Date NDE Occurred: Sabado October 8, 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Mordedura de serpiente coral Other Paro respiratorio a causa de mordedura de serpiente coral. Snake bite leading to collapsed lung.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I lost awareness of my body
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? During the spiral descent and the vision of the brilliant light.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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 your vision differ in any way from normal? The apparition of the blue-sky colors and foggy environments were present very clearly during the experience.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? They were just distorted tunes at the time of listening to human voices.
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 I was in a dark space with a background of brilliant light.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 I saw my grandfather.
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 There was a brilliant light at the end of the darkness by which I was surrounded; this light increased its size lightly.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Absolute internal peace, curiosity about the environment.
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? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? Yes I'm more serene (peaceful) than before, I try not to complicate my life, because it only hangs of a thread.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes There are mental gaps of experiences that took place but I can't express them exactly.
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 With my family and friends, who did not believed their eyes after listening to my version, and told me I had a new chance of living.
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. Like something real, that happens, because one can preserve the consciousness needed to remember it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It still keeps impressing, nevertheless I wouldn't have fear if it happens again.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No