I am a doctor, and left the medical school at around four in the afternoon. I was detained on the sidewalk and heard the sound of a car horn behind me. I turned in time to see an orange car (a type of van) already on top of me. It hit me on the left side of my body and I flew through the air and bounced with my head (according to later witnesses' reports) on the upper edge of a wall three meters from the ground. I fell to the ground head first, hitting myself again. I felt no pain. I felt dazed, as if I had cotton in my head, and I felt a soft tingling throughout my body. I thought it curious that nothing hurt. I didn't understand what had happened. The ideas were becoming mixed up in my head, but in some way, I understood I'd suffered an accident. Someone picked me up from the ground and carried me, depositing my body on a bench. I intended to tell them the phone number of my uncle so they could call him but I don't know if they understood me. I felt that everything vanished around me, as if by 'pulses'. Finally, everything around me grew dark.
I ceased feeling my body and saw some figures at my side. One of them was an aunt who had died but I don't know who the other two or three people were. I then felt that I was 'suctioned' through a sort of tunnel and landed softly. Everything around was dark. I sensed that a figure approached, in front of me. By some method, I received the impression that I was unworthy of being there and I 'closed' that part of my sight, but I was made to raise it. Then I saw the figure of a man who stood over a sort of stream. The water seemed to be made of light of liquid neon. I saw his feet, which were shod in some sort of sandals, and I saw his attire. All was dazzling in him - he seemed to be made of light. I felt extremely good in his presence and full of an unconditional, absolute love. I knew inside of me that he was Jesus Christ (who I didn't believe in) and I was surprised. I said 'But you don't exist…!'. He replied 'Live' and his voice sounded warm and sweet, but I didn't want to return.
I didn't remember anything that tied me to this life and I felt absolutely full in his presence. I saw what looked something like a blanket, which was coming towards me. What got my attention was that it was of a coarse, rough cloth, rough. It didn't seem soft or full of light. It didn't seem anything of that sort, but when it touched me it was as if I'd been ‘wrapped from inside’. It filled me with a sensation of protection, love and fullness that I can’t describe. He repeated 'Live', but this time his voice sounded more authoritative, although it remained loving. I felt at that moment that he 'blew' something through my nose. It was like a small white cloud, but with palpable substance. I then felt that I was back inside my body, breathing.
I remember that I sensed many 'soft small cracks' in my lungs. It was as if during the time I'd not been breathing the pockets (alveoli) had dried up a bit, and at that moment they distended again. I always think of that (although this is not related to my case it's something that always comes to my mind) when I see a newborn baby and it cries. I feel that I understand the sensation it has of breathing for the first time.
I opened my eyes and I was aware that my shirt was open as I felt fresh air on my chest. Around me, there were many of my classmates, whispering among themselves. All of a sudden, one of them met my eyes. I was looking at him and he said 'She's alive; let's take her to a hospital'. They carried me and placed me in a car.
On the way, I remember that I was saying 'Jesus exists. I've seen him'. I don't remember their answers. I knew that nothing was going to happen to me and that I was going to live. I had a huge hematoma on the side of the head where I had suffered the blow, so much so that I couldn't move my head while I was stretched out. All the left side of my body was black, with a gigantic hematoma. On the other hand, not one of my bones was broken. I remember with clarity all that occurred from the moment of the blow until I awoke on the bench, although from that moment on I have had several lapses. I had amnesia for two weeks and during the following two months suffered fainting and delirium. I had a severe cerebral concussion. I had to submit to various computerized axial images (Cat Scans) for five years after the blow to ensure that there were no after-effects. There have been no physical after-effects, not one. I 'knew' this was going to be the case. My life changed radically that day.
Date NDE Occurred: October 19, 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Fui arrollada por un coche Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . A car hit me and I sustained hard blows to my body and my head.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal It was as if thought and communication (which were certainly not verbal) was more fluid.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After the blow, when I detached from my body. Although I was conscious, I noticed that it was difficult to form ideas. It was as if my head was full of cotton. After everything turned dark, it was as if my body no longer hindered me from thinking. When I returned to my body I realized that it was hard for me to coordinate, anew, my ideas.
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 There was no sensation of space or time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I could see around me as if it were a little globe. The darkness was profound and the light was an intense white, but did not hurt my vision. I was surprised by the water, which looked like light, and by the type of white cloud, which had 'body'.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Although I 'heard' the communication, it was not verbal.
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 felt that I was suctioned through a tunnel without walls. It seemed to generate itself by a very rapid movement.
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 Pre-tunnel, there was a family member of mine. There were also a few others who may also have been family but I wasn't focused on them. I didn't communicate with any of them in any manner.
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 It was a light that as it got closer converted into a person. I knew when I was directly in front of him that he was Jesus Christ, who I didn't believe in. I felt embarrassed.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? First of all fear, as I did not know what was happening to me, followed by embarrassment, surprise, love, protection, peace and something indescribable. Later I did not want to return. When I returned I felt a mixture of surprise, pain and a sense that it was good that I had returned.
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 I could have, but I don’t remember with certainty. It’s like having the sensation that it COULD have happened. I feel that my life changed radically after that. I can't pin down when exactly, but eternal life eventually came to be my first priority. I don't take other people's feelings lightly. I've become very sensitive in the spiritual realm. Another thing that happened is that from that day forward I started to seek to establish a relationship with Jesus. It took seven years more to find what I knew I started to look for.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I can't be precise. Many times I have a sensation of what is to occur, but I don't dare say.
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 'Era agnóstica, había indagado por mera curiosidad en varias filosofías. Mi familia era ortodoxa, pero yo tanía serias dudas de la eficacia de la religión. Bajo mi creencia Cristo había sido, como tantos otros ''profetas'', probablemente un extraterrestre, o algo parecido, que vino y asustó a los ''prehistoricos'' con un mechero.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I was seeking the relationship with God that I felt in that moment. I had the definite certainty that I was without it, and that I should find it. That special encounter with the Lord produced itself 7 years later. The difference was that before, I didn’t take it seriously. For me the whole theme of God and the eternal life etc. was a way of exerting power over the people. I thought that we were energy and that it transformed itself or something like that. On the other hand, after this experience, the finding of God became the most important part of my life. I should also say that my form of relationship with God (I am an Evangelist, born-again and never better!) is very different from the rest of my family and environment of that time, which were/was orthodox. I've even been persecuted and criticized for my faith. I am AFRAID to be apart from God.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'Soy creyente evangélica, conciente del significado del Sacrificio de Cristo en la Cruz. La experiencia que viví cambió radicalmente mi visión del significado de la vida y de las repercusiones de nuestros actos.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was seeking the relationship with God that I felt in that moment. I had the definite certainty that I was without it, and that I should find it. That special encounter with the Lord produced itself 7 years later. The difference was that before, I didn’t take it seriously. For me the whole theme of God and the eternal life etc. was a way of exerting power over the people. I thought that we were energy and that it transformed itself or something like that. On the other hand, after this experience, the finding of God became the most important part of my life. I should also say that my form of relationship with God (I am an Evangelist, born-again and never better!) is very different from the rest of my family and environment of that time, which were/was orthodox. I've even been persecuted and criticized for my faith. I am AFRAID to be apart from God.
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? Yes As I explained in another question, my vision of life changed radically and I can't pinpoint why. I only know that I began to have a different consciousness from that day forward.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Absolutely. I remember that I was 'out of control', trying to assimilate the idea within the parameters of my life, then I started centering myself bit by bit. From that day on life has more importance in the eternal than in the present.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain Although the experience can be described in words I have the impression that the totality of it can't be transmitted.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I don't speak of this.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I didn't believe in Christ. I was surprised to see him and at the beginning, I think that I didn't realize who he was. Later, inside of me, I knew that it was him.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Very few times. I think that it impacts upon one to find someone who has been 'on the other side', although almost no-one speaks of it. I don't recall how much time passed between the occurrence and my talking about it.
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 surprised, shaken. I remember that I was in the car talking to myself with respect to this, telling myself what had happened - that's how impressed I was. It changed my life.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real. I am certain that I was in front of Christ - that I felt his love, that he commanded me to live and that he blew that something into me through my nose. Also, I remember with clarity the soft grinding of my lungs. The rest has diminished a bit, although it remains.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? The questionnaire is well formulated, but you did not give the Spanish translation for question 14.