Experience Description

During surgery my blood pressure fell and they told me they had to inject drugs directly into my heart in order to bring it back up. I don't remember much about going into surgery, but I do remember looking down from a place up by the ceiling and seeing a person dressed in light blue running or walking with a box on a mall table with wheels, which I found out afterwards, by actually seeing it, that it was a defibrillator. Shortly thereafter, I saw my family waiting in the intensive care waiting room, which I can describe in detail, including a screen separating this waiting room from the intensive care unit. I was on life support for twelve hours and during this time I saw, as if it were deep within a dome or cupola, a white light tinged with blue that radiated rays of energy.

Later I remember a type of cottage where I saw many children dressed in white robes, all together, as in a school. There I was greeted by a being dressed in immaculate white who looked a lot like my father who had died several years before my surgery.

At 8:00 the next morning, I opened my eyes and sat up in my bed with forty-two stitches. This worried my doctors who hadn't yet made a prognosis.

As a result of this experience, I am immensely more spiritual and religious.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 11/30/2002: 13/11/2000

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related My experience happened during surgery but the doctors didn't want to tell me what happened. I only know that I was very sick. :Durante una Cirugía, pero no me quisieron explicar lo que me pasó. Solo se que estuve muy mal.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was asleep for twenty-four hours during the surgery.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It was like a dome with a circle in the center that radiated light.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I think it was my father who had died two years before. He is the only one in my immediate family who has died.

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was white, very white but not blinding or dazzling. Light radiated from the dome like energy but not harmful.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A beautiful field, very green, and some sort of cottage that was very warm and inviting.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Much peace and love and tranquility.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control My experience has caused me to live a profoundly spiritual and religious life.

Did scenes from the future come to you? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Roman Catholic:Católico Apostólico Romano

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Roman Catholic:Católico Apostólico Romano

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became very religious.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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 best part was seeing my father. The worst was seeing the suffering of my family.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The priests I have told this to have all supported me. The few lay persons I have told were very touched by my story.

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 would like to be able to tell more, to remember more and better relate what happened but I was told that they gave me an 'amnesia drug' and I can't remember more.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain