I was hit in the nose with a sharp block of wedged wood that was thrown at me, it broke a blood vessel internally. I went to the hospital for heavy bleeding out of my nose. They packed gauze in my nose. I was kept in the hospital for two days; I bled intermittently down the back of my throat. I was improperly diagnosed, they did not listen to me (sixteen year old kid) when I told them that I was bleeding into my stomach. I lost almost all of the blood in my body. I threw up the blood, (never saw so much blood in my life) everyone panicked. I was rushed on a stretcher to an operating room. The hospital ran out of my blood type (told that later).
The packing was removed from my nose; I hemorrhaged (lost pretty much what was left of the rest of my blood). I lost all strength in my body. I could not even move a finger, although I was praying continuously. Doctor put in a posterior packing by threading a tube through my nose, down my throat and out my mouth then shoved the gauze in the back of my mouth while pulling the chord in the tube out of my nose. I was under no medication to dull the pain and I thought my head exploded.
The doctor kept slapping me on the cheek trying to keep me awake, afraid I would go into shock and die. I suspect that I flat-lined. I felt my soul leave my body. No more praying. I had a total, euphoric, out of body experience. I guess you could say heavenly or angelic. Picture that you are part of a cloud of smoke above your body but take away the smoke. All that is left is the soul. No pain, no sense of feeling, no sight, and no smell just the existence of the soul. But it exists. The doctor packed the front of my nose, I only know that because I woke up in intensive care with a nurse staring down at me the next day and I was packed front and back. I was told later that they pumped my body with plasma to 'keep me alive'. When I opened my eyes the next day, I thought the nurse looking down at me was an angel. She smiled and said, 'You were kissing the angels last night.'
Date NDE Occurred: 1962
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I am not sure of the diagnosis but I believe I must have flat lined and suspect I stopped breathing and thinking. The last thing I remember is that I stopped praying.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness Until the end.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Until the end.
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 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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? No Only the operating room lights until I passed. One's soul does not have eyes to see.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Euphoria.
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
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? Moderate
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? Yes We have a soul.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? There is something after death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember when I first shared the 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 I don't remember. It was a personal experience.
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