I experienced cardiac arrest while on the operating room table for a stent implant. I thought I had fallen asleep and was dreaming. I saw my mommy who is deceased and my sister who is deceased. They were walking down a gently sloping pasture field towards a small crystal-clear creek. I was standing on the opposite side of the creek when I saw them. Both were smiling and my sister was a step or so ahead of my dear mother.
The pasture field they were walking through was covered with green grass and flowers of all hues but not very tall. The flowers were only a little taller than the grass, which I estimate to be about six-seven inches long making it look like a carpet of flowers and grass. There was a small breeze blowing lightly rustling the blades of grass and the flowers. As I stood on my side of the perfectly clear stream that was meandering crystal-clear water over the rocks, I noticed that my place of waiting was like the pasture field on the other side of the stream covered with beautiful flowers and grass carpeted. When I commenced walking down to cross the small creek to greet and hug Mommy and Sister Bonnie, my sister said, 'Not now Bubby, don’t cross over yet.' My mommy did not utter one word, she was there and she was smiling. Then I awoke.
When I awoke the Doctor told me I had passed out for a while that was all he said. It was not until later in the day, six or so hours after the procedure, still in the recovery room, that I learned that I went into cardiac arrest on the table and they used electric shock to start my heart again. The gelatin used for placing the paddles on my chest started drying and pulling my skin. Then I asked my wife, who was sitting with me in the recovery room how the drying sticky stuff got onto my chest.
She related to me about the cardiac arrest, how they had to jump-start my heart, using paddles and the gel. My doctor came into my room later that evening and he explained it all to me. I did not ask nor did he tell me how long I was in cardiac arrest, but I had to stay in the hospital extra days making sure I was recovered before sending me home.
Date NDE Occurred: 'March 03, 2005'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related. Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I experienced cardiac arrest while on the operating room table for a stent implant.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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 More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When my sister Bonnie spoke to me saying, 'Not now Bubby, don’t cross over yet.'
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. All was perfect in my vision without flaw or fault. I am an amputee - right leg above the knee. In the NDE my body was whole.
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? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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
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 The day was brighter than any I ever saw and the light was special bright but not like staring at the glaring sun.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Bright lit pasture fields carpeted with green grass and perfect flowers seperated by a crystal-clear running stream.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Gladness at seeing my mommy and sister. I was happy to be whole again with two legs.
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 My NDE has made me a better person caring for those who are less fortunate than me, and has brought me closer to Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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 'I was not a real devout religious person when I had my NDE. Attending church at this time, March 1995, in my life was sporadic and spotty at best. During this time of my life all I could say about my faith was; I believed and understood the fundamentals of my Christianity but did not practice any of the tenants of my church—I was more like a hypocrite dabbling in my fundamentalist religion belief.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am more faithful, attend church on a regular basis, study the scriptures daily, and pray thanking God several times throughout the day I have become a more caring, understanding person.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'Currently I attend church on a regular basis. I study Old Testament and New Testament scriptures daily. We pray in our house now before every meal. I have become more aware of needy folks and help as much as I can with their needs. It is most rewarding to pray for others and to seek others to fellowship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My NDE led me to start a very small Bible Tract ministry. No matter where I travel, I try to place fundamentalist bible tracts in conspicuous locations.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am more faithful, attend church on a regular basis, study the scriptures daily, and pray thanking God several times throughout the day I have become a more caring, understanding person.
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? Yes I love my wife more and more. I do not find faults in others like I once did. I quit swearing, smoking, and cheating in my everyday life. I am trying to live the best I can in peace and harmony with God through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who teaches all the good things about life.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No It was so pleasant, that it is worth retelling again and again.
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? I noticed the clarity of my vision watching Mommy and Sister Bonnie walking towards me smiling and in perfect health and in what looked like the same body without blemish - the same body but different in a sense I cannot explain. Not until later the same evening when I was told about my cardiac arrest, did I realize I had been standing in paradise. I was on one side of the stream going to meet Mommy and Bonnie on the other side of the stream.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About 12 hours later when I shared it with my wife.
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 is burned into my brain and has had a profound effect on how I live my life now. I changed for the good and have a very personal and close relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is very real and I strive daily to live a better life, to be a better person, to be a better father, brother and grandfather. It's real!
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Live the faith, do not fear, God is on our side and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we will walk in paradise again soon.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Thank you for providing the outstanding questionnaire.