I was accidentally given an overdose of morphine by a medical doctor at a different hospital. The next thing I saw was four people dressed in green with green caps, coats and face masks - doctors, and I was in what looked to be a large operating theater. Even though I was looking at them, they didn't seem to know I was awake. I watched them give me an injection in the chest, which felt like they had stabbed me with a red hot poker. Then I was watching from above, a woman who was dressed in a long Victorian dress of a brilliant blue and a man also dressed in Victorian attire - black it was at night on a cobblestone street that was the color of red/orange clay, in a city somewhere. The street lights were candle lit and it had been raining. There was a puddle of water and the man took of his outer coat and placed it over the puddle so the lady could cross. The colors were so brilliant - I have never seen colors that brilliant to this day and I had a very content feeling, no fear. My memory is as clear today as it was at the time this occurred.
They told me after that they had to keep me on a heart lung machine and that I remained in a coma for six days. A doctor at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital came to see me a couple of days after I awoke and explained that I had died and asked me if I had seen anything, so I told him what I have just told you.
Date NDE Occurred: 1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accidently overdosed with morphine by a Doctor at another hospital Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function).
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Everything was crisp and clear and the colors were so brilliant.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was watching the lady and man.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I was short sighted but at that moment my vision was one hundred percent and as I said above everything was super clear and crisp and all colors were brilliant.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I didn't hear any sounds at all.
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
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 A man and a woman that I didn't seem to know - I was just there watching them from above, I didn't hear any voices.
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A city in another past century
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None.
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 Yes - that there was no need to fear death, you just went to another place. I knew it wasn't my time to go and that I had to take stock of other things in my life first.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I knew I had important things to do in the future.
My job was to take care of two of immediate family at the time of their deaths, such as to sign the medical papers to remove active treatment so they could die. One was a transplant donor and to be with them while they died. Unfortunately I didn't get there in time for the third one and as a result he has been living in a dementia unit for the last four years he is only fifty-three years old.
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 Catholic non practicing
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Catholic non practicing
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 I had important tasks to take care of in the future but at the time I didn't know what they were.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I learnt that life as we know it is short and each new day is a wonder and to appreciate every moment we have together.
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? Yes I was given the gift of great empathy for other people and total acceptance of myself and others.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? None.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A couple of days after I awoke from the coma, the doctor seemed very accepting of what I told him in response to his questions. I have only mentioned it to a few close friends just to let them know that there a nice things waiting for them after death, not to be frightened of it, and not to be sad about their loved ones that have died.
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 have not experienced anything more real that this in my whole life.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I just know one hundred percent that it was 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? There is definitely life after death.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Add colors.