Experience Description

During the surgery I knew I was at risk of dying because of hemorrhage and eclampsia. [med: Eclampsia: a complicated, acute, life threatening condition of pregnancy characterized by seizures, coma, and other threats to the health of both mother and child. One emergency treatment for eclampsia is immediate delivery.] I had the sensation that I was dying; that I was losing control of my body. My brain would send a command such as ‘Move your legs!’ but they wouldn't move. The nurse that was holding my head (I was fully conscious) was reporting my blood pressure to the surgeon minute by minute and it was dropping drastically with every minute that passed. When the surgeon delivered the baby (one month before its due date) the baby was not breathing and didn't have any vital signs. He performed CPR and a tracheotomy. The baby started breathing again and was rushed to the neonatal ICU. The instant the baby left the room, I began to feel my body gradually failing, from my feet to my cardiac plexus, and I heard the nurse's voice for the last time, reporting my blood pressure, ‘60 over…’

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 08/04/1994

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Childbirth. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Emergency cesarean/eclampsia.

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 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

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The moment of the ‘negotiation’ about my return.

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 floating itself imposes a ‘non perception’ of the physical body; therefore the non-perception of occupying space. Time is different from ours. I can´t say whether it is faster or slower, or if the experience was temporal or ‘extemporal’.

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. Highly sharp perception of light and movement.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard a sound like the wind blowing.

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 There was only light; circles of light.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I can't specify where we were. It was light and foggy. I can't tell if I knew the other beings. What was said/negotiated was my return request.

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? Uncertain Circles of light.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Lightness and tranquility. No fear or panic.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe

The experience included: Life review

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I realized that, at that moment of my life, the only thing that really mattered was my son; at the time, a two year old boy. It was the only memory of any ‘people’ I had during the experience.

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Now I study and develop extra sensory abilities. My perception is sharper.

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 Nenhuma

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes A big interest in spiritualism, mediumship, telepathy, etc. emerged. Today I am an Umbandista. (Umbanda is a Brazilian spiritualistic religion.)

What is your religion now? Moderate Umbanda/Espiritualista

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes A big interest in spiritualism, mediumship, telepathy, etc. emerged. Today I am an Umbandista. (Umbanda is a Brazilian spiritualistic religion.)

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? Yes The continuity of life and the eternity of the soul.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes The word is ‘ACCEPTANCE.’

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Because it was an experience based on sensation, not on sight.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Telepathy

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The sensations of comfort and acceptance. The love that the beings of light felt for me.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After many years, I shared it with people close to me, and today I share it with people that are developing mediumship with me. Some become skeptics, some feel touched, and some get really interested and become closer to me.

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

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes At my Umbanda workplace. During a meditation, which was intended to be healing, I felt a near death sensation. I felt I was losing control of, losing dominion over, my body