Experience Description

After being in labor for nineteen hours my baby was stuck and the doctor decided to do an emergency cesarean section. When they were ready to cut, the epidural wasn't working anymore so they put me under anesthesia.

I found myself in a very bright hallway, very beautiful and very cozy. At the end of the hallway, there were some figures, which I couldn't make out clearly. They were calling me by my first name and asking me to live, telling me that it was time, I had to go. At the same time, someone was slapping me in the face, calling me by my last name and asking me to wake up.

I am not sure how long it lasted but it was a bit scary - especially that when I tried to talk about it on the floor, I was told that it was a hallucination.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 24 janvier 2003

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Other: suite a un accouchement avec complication cesarienne en urgence avec anesthesie. I think I could have died.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? No

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 woke up.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I woke up.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My sight was better than normal and I know that because I am usually short-sighted.

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? Yes At the edge of a 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? Yes I don't know who they were but I thought I recognized my mother's voice, who passed away in 1992.

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 A beautiful light.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Well-being and serenity.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I think there is something after.

What is your religion now? Moderate ne sai plus

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I think there is something after.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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? Yes I sometimes feel a presence near me - a specific odor or a cold breeze that goes through the room.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I do not dare talking about it again because people laughed at me at the hospital.

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 Because I know I had a little problem during my delivery, I know that what happened was real.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I believe it more and more.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No