I was in surgery for a cervical fusion from a broken neck several months prior. I remember the doctor counting me backwards from a hundred not very far like ninety-four or something. Then I felt cold air bellowing my gown and I was in a very dark place floating. Looking down I saw myself in a hospital gown lying on a ping-pong table (I played ping-pong a lot back then). The area around the table and me was very bright but all else was darkness, it was like a circle of bright light with the table me and some doctors and nurses doing something to me. I remember I could hear my dad saying everything was going to be all right. Then all of a sudden, I was falling towards the table, it seemed very far away but I was falling very fast almost instantaneous and then I hit and actually felt like I fell and landed hard. I didn't see anything after that but a heard a man yelling at me saying, 'Mike stay with us! Come on Mike!' Then it felt like someone had a hook inside my throat and around the back of my neck and they pulled it real hard.
The next thing I remember was coming to in recovery.
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related Other: In surgery cervical fusion
I think something was critically wrong during the surgery but I don't remember anyone telling me after words.
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
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 At the beginning while floating and the fall.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the beginning while floating and the fall.
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
The falling seemed to take forever but I was going so fast.
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. Just so crisp and clear, normal is an old TV set from the 1980's, this was like high definition.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I knew my dad was talking to me but I'm not sure where he was.
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 Kind of but it was like the tunnel was below me on the table and was falling into it but when I got there it was like thud.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
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? Yes See above.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm the blackness i was floating in was surreal
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first it was cool floating around checking it out but it became terrifying towards the end.
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
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain It seems that the darkness I was floating in went no further.
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 none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal none
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? 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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not really, it was just weird, I have always thought of it kind of like a dream but my normal dreams are sort of watching a movie through my eyes I was totally immersed in this one.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 It just felt like I was there it was very strange and I have never experienced anything like it before or after.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It just felt like I was there, it was very strange and I have never experienced anything like it before or after and to this day I can see and remember it.
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? It was really weird.