I saw a bright light through a tunnel, I went to the light; as I was going to the light I saw tiny lights all around me. I remember feeling at peace and the feeling of floating. I think someone said something to me and I said (I told Fess I would be fine) Fess is my son at the time he was seven years old. I could not lie to him. The feeling of being pulled back into my shell with the feeling of heaviness (like I was weighted down) Then I woke up in the intensive care unit fighting for air.
Date NDE Occurred: May 12, 1987
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Life threatening event, but not clinical death I had back surgery that morning and had exploratory surgery that evening. I had to have seventeen units of blood due the cut in the artery which caused the loss of my spleen.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I was drawn to the light.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Tiny lights all around me.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Very bright; but did not hurt your eyes when you looked at it.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
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 I said that I told Fess that I would be fine.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes We all go to the light and it is not to be feared.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feelings that I had and the light was so bright!! (but did not hurt to look at) and the feeling of weightlessness and making up my mind to stay or go back.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I can tell when something bad is going to happen.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No