Experience Description

I am writing for my daughter, who experienced a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 2 years. She was resuscitated in a hospital setting using a defibrillator, after being gone for at least four minutes. A few months after being released from the hospital, she told our 12 year old daughter, 'I'm all better now.' Our older daughter responded with, 'You are? How do you know that?' Our 2 year-old said, 'God told me.' A few weeks later, we were sitting around the campfire as a family, roasting marshmallows, when our daughter told us, 'God came to see me when I was at the hospital. He carried me up to the sky when the doctors were putting something on me. He told me I was all better now and took me back to the hospital.' She was very upset that she had to return to the hospital. She really wanted to go. We asked her what God looks like, and her answer was, 'Nothing'. Later, she asked us who was holding her in the 'cradle' at the hospital (her word for the crib in the Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital). We told her nobody was since it was too small for us to get in with her. She claimed somebody was in there with her, and they were wearing yellow. She has not spoken about this since that time.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1/27/2006

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Cardiac arrest due to Long QT Syndrome - was gone for over 4 minutes. 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? Normal consciousness and alertness

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 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? Uncertain

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain

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? Uncertain

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love and peace.

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

The experience included: Special Knowledge

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? Conservative/fundamentalist Roman Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Roman Catholic

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? Uncertain

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain

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? Uncertain She says some things sometimes that are just a little strange. We have five children, and none of them do the same.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes We shared it right away with many others, who were influenced positively by her experience.

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