Experience Description

I have epilepsy. One day I got weak and fell against my grandfather's dresser. I split my forehead open and had to be rushed to hospital. They finally got my bleeding to stop, but then I started having one seizure after another. They tried using liquid valium and some other drugs directly into my heart. The result was that the combination of drugs stopped my heart and my lungs stopped working at the same time. It was almost eight minutes before they finally brought me back to life. They said she is dead let her go. My old family doctor said, 'No! Let's try again.' So, they did and I finally responded.

During that eight minute time period, I saw everything that took place in the intensive care unit room. I told all the doctors and nurses and I kept telling them I was all right, but no one could hear me. I told them minute by minute exactly what took place in the room. My old family doctor said, 'I have had many patients die on me, but never had one come back and tell me what took place while they were clinically dead.'

I saw one of my grandfathers when I came to the end of a dark tunnel. No one in our family had ever taken any pictures of him. But, when my other grandfather came to hospital to see me. He said, 'Marsha I brought something but don't know why. I stopped him and asked, 'Is it a picture of my other grandfather?' He said, 'Yes! How did you know?' The only picture ever taken was at his funeral when I was very young. I told him exactly what he looked like. He said, 'Yes, Marsha that is what he was buried in. How did you know?' After I told him what I saw he was amazed. I saw other people but that is another story.

Please believe me when I say that I am a Christian and after this experience am not afraid to die. I now have a husband and three grown sons and six grandsons and they all know the story for it has been told over and over. Praise God!

There is something after we leave this world!

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: June 2, 1985

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness Clinical death Complete failure of heart and lung functions for almost eight minutes

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I saw myself lying on the table. I was watching me.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I saw EVERYTHING that took place.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Only from the two people with whom I spoke.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes A very, very long and very dark tunnel. At the end was bright light but beautiful.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was very bright, but not so bright that I could not see the two people in my life that I loved the most.

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will Grandmother told me it was not time yet and I woke up back in my body.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs 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? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Knowing for sure that there is something else other than this world we live in.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes All the time. Some people believe and some don't. That is their problem. I know what I saw and felt 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? I know that people need to believe in what God's word tells them. Faith is the only answer.