I was ten years old crossing a street heading home for dinner from a friend's house. It was around 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on 12/9/1970. A car (Ford LTD) was heading east bound on state route 161 in the north end of Columbus, Ohio. The driver had been drinking alcoholic beverages; my mom said she could smell it on the driver's breath. At the time of the accident I was carrying a wallet so the people that came to help me found my address and was able to find my house a get my parents to the accident site.
My NDE experience started the moment the car hit me! As soon as I was hit, I remember going to a dark place, darker than a room without windows and no door or light. The room was darker than I could have ever imagined. Then I remember coming to in the intensive care unit for a moment.
The next NDE experience I remember was looking down on my body and seeing several hospital staff personnel rushing in to work on me. At that point, I remember leaving the building and heading up into the sky. I remember looking back at the hospital. Then I was heading into the light. When I came out of my coma, I remember telling people that the light was as bright as the Sun but it did not harm my eyes. While I was heading in the direction of the light, I was told that it was not my time and I returned to my body. The voice that told me that I had to return to my body I just knew was Jesus Christ. I did not see him I just knew.
Date NDE Occurred: 12/9/1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Hit by Car that ran a red light doing 60 miles per hour and ran me over in a cross walk. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was hit by a car doing sixty miles per hour. The impact broke half the bones in my body and caused several internal injuries.
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 As soon as I left my body in the hospital.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As soon as I left my body in the hospital.
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
I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
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. The light was as bright as the Sun but it did not harm my eyes. I could look directly at the light.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
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 I remember going into a very dark place, and I remember going into the light, so I don't know if you would call it 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? Uncertain Not that I can remember, just the voice of Jesus.
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 Saw the light. As bright as the Sun but it did not harm my eyes.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I jusr new I left this plain or dimensions!
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
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 Maybe because I was only ten years of age.
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 None I was a child
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Catholic
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
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 I don't remember, it happened nearly forty years ago.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I know that I have become a risk taker and very outgoing. I was not before I was in the accident.
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 A few times I saw some deceased people. I saw my mom in my parent's house the day of her funeral. The people that purchased my parent's home nine years later had to have the house cleansed to drive my mom's sprit out of the house. She was haunting the new people that moved into the house.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Going to the light. You just knew once you made it you would never want to come back.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Almost as soon as I came out of my comma.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No Never heard of NDE or really knew anything about life after death.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I was a child so either it was real or not real. I knew it was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real You just know.
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? None.