In October 2009, I was in critical condition with the H1N1 Flu. I was in a coma for three weeks, double pneumonia, total respiratory failure, intubated, and a medically induced coma. During this coma, I remembered nothing when I awoke except that a man approached me and took me by my right arm and stated, 'Walk with me'. When walking he stated to me 'Your job is not finished, you must go back.' This experience occurred in a total white area - as the inside of a Ping-Pong ball. During this period of my coma, the doctor had told my wife to expect the worse, as they could do no more. At one point during the coma (I believe coincides with my experience), I began a miraculous recovery as stated by my doctors. The doctors were calling me the 'Miracle Man'. Within a week, both my lungs cleared totally. I spent the entire month of October 2009 in the critical care unit followed by two and one half months of physical therapy.
This experience has changed my life and has made me a stronger Christian. I would love to share my experience with anyone who is interested.
Date NDE Occurred: October 2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 None. I was in a coma.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? None. I was in a coma.
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
I had no concept of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It occurred as if I was inside a 'ping pong ball'. All white with no references.
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? Yes A man with black hair. I do not remember seeing his face or clothing, but I felt I could trust him. He took me by my right arm and stated 'Walk with me', and then he stated 'Your job is not finished, you must go back.' This is all that I remember in my coma.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt a yearning for something. Also, I felt I needed to see my wife.
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 Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have become a stronger Christian.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have become a stronger Christian.
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 believe in God.
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 Immediately with my wife when I woke from my coma. I tell my story to everyone I come in contact with and converse with.
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
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I need to speak with other people who may have had similar experiences.