It was on Monday, September 3rd, I went to work as usual and felt as if I was coming down with tonsillitis, so I went to the pharmacy and bought over the counter pain killers. I went home and lay on the couch, after an hour I decided to go gargle on some salt water. That was the last thing I remember doing. The next time I found myself conscious, I was in the emergency room with needles all over me and breathing aids.
When I passed out, I felt a strong force drifting me away to higher ground. Then I came to again. When I opened my eyes, I saw my brother carrying me to the car then I passed out again. This time I was breathing hard when all of a sudden I breathed one last breath. This time I found myself in a void. I don't know where that was but I felt as if something was lifting me higher. In the background, I could hear my brother calling out my name and screaming to my father that I wasn't breathing. It felt as if he was miles away. Then all went quiet. I saw a big tunnel or something like a hole growing bigger and getting closer, as it got closer, a light was appearing. At first, I was frightened but a sudden wave of calmness appeared as the light got lighter and the tunnel got wider. I suddenly thought to myself where was I going and started fighting back.
That's when I came to and found myself in the emergency room; I could not talk. I just blinked and I heard the doctor say, 'Wait I think she is breathing.' I was injected thousands of needles and I felt as if my heart would explode. I had difficulty in breathing. Later after the doctors thought I would live, I removed the oxygen mask from my mouth and told the nurse that I couldn't feel my legs. She tried pinching me but I could feel nothing. After a while, she had to call the doctor to check on my senses and muscles. I later got well but stayed at the hospital for quite a while. The nurses and doctor told me that they tried everything and thought I would never make it as by the time we reached the hospital I was almost dead. After a week, I was discharged. But my legs were still swollen. I was later told that I had pneumonia combined with malaria and typhoid.
Date NDE Occurred: sept 3rd 2007
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal When I heard sounds of my brother screaming.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I heard sounds of my brother screaming.
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
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear voices as if they were very far yet they were close to me.
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 I just saw it coming to me but I went back before I could go into the tunnel.
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: Void
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 I saw like a small hole getting bigger and the light getting brighter and brighter.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Afraid, frightened. At some point I felt comfort and calm.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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 Yes, immediately after I could breathe on my own, I was afraid of breathing as I thought I did not deserve to. I learned to value the breath of life.
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 protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Since then, I look at life from a total different perspective. I started reading the Bible especially Revelation which talks more about what I experienced. I got closer to God.
What is your religion now? Moderate protestant
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Since then, I look at life from a total different perspective. I started reading the Bible especially Revelation which talks more about what I experienced. I got closer to 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? No
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes At first I was afraid nobody would believe me, but after a week I told my mother and then my family. They were shocked and others thought I was making it up but later they believed me. Since then they all value the breath of life and some who did not believe in the afterlife believed 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 still in the hospital and I had a lot of time to recollect my experience and I was also dreaming about it days later.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Because the sights still appear in my dreams and also during the day I remember flashes of the happenings.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No