When the illness began it was thought I had the flu, but as time went by and the fever worsened I was taken to the hospital for blood test and rheumatic fever was found. I was treated for the illness at home. I lost the ability to walk. Each night the fever would return and each night a little worse. Each night after the sun had set the fever would rise and I would start to hear the sound of roaring water, like that of waterfalls, getting louder and louder with the sensation of water being poured in my face, suffocating me as though I was drowning. I was told my screaming was so loud that neighbor women would come to help my mother hold me in the bed.
With the light of morning, the fever would lessen and I became aware of my surroundings. I along with the bed would be wringing wet with sweat and a dry bed would be required for that day and the following night. Then one night the roaring and the sensation of drowning was much worse and then I was above the bed looking down in the dimly lit room at my mother and another lady, with me lying in the bed glistening with sweat and looking very tired.
The next instant I was outside looking down from above at my house. I slowly started to move higher, away from my house looking back as the house grew smaller. At some point, I stopped ascending and as I hovered there, I was aware that I had no physical body and there was no sound. It was as though only my eyes had left. I don't remember being afraid and I thought, so this is what my house looks like from high above. I stayed for a while staring only at my house and then like a very fast zoom in of a camera I was in my bed and it was getting daylight. The fever each night afterwards lessened and at the end of about three months I was able to walk again.
Date NDE Occurred: Summer of 1953
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening
High fever associated with rheumatic fever.
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 There was no body, only the ability to see with no pain or roaring of water and the sensation of drowning.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very aware of my being above myself and my house with no sound or body.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No sound at all.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see with no apparent physical body, but could hear nothing.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None. I don't remember being afraid, only marveled at the sight of my house from above, never having been in an airplane.
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
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? Liberal
What is your religion now? Liberal
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was hard to describe the process of return to out of body.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I've been able to feel the death of someone when I'm on or near flowing water (suicide, attempted suicides and drowning in or near that body of water, even at miles away).
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Sometimes I relive it in my sleep and wake up afraid and disturbed.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It's harder to relive now then as child.