Experience Description

I had gotten into an argument with someone that I've known for about a year while he was driving, his friend was in the passenger seat, and I was behind the driver in the back along with another friend of mine.

Anyways, he pulled the car off the road, got out of the car, opened the back door, put his .45 caliber pistol flush on my chest and shot once. He and his friend took off running and my friend ended up driving me to the hospital (Presbyterian Hospital) which was only five minutes away. I was in and out of consciousness throughout my short stay there and then I was transferred to Parkland Hospital and this is where my NDE happened.

I remember them asking whom they should contact and I was able to give my girlfriend's name and her cell phone to the nurse. I kept asking the doctors in the emergency room if I was going to die, and all they could tell me is, 'We're doing our best.' I also remember holding the nurse's hand and telling her to pray for me. I've never been more terrified in my life. I then started coughing up blood and the doctors told me to try my best to stop coughing so the clotting process could start, but I couldn't stop.

The next thing I hear is, 'We're losing him,' from one of the nurses. Then the doctors and nurses voices started fading off in the distance and physically I felt no pain or discomfort as I felt myself floating up towards the brightest pure white light that I've ever seen - almost indescribable how bright it was, but it was by no means blinding. If I was to put a time frame on how long this lasted, I'd say several minutes. It was several minutes of complete peace. There was nothing but the light and the next thing I remember is waking up two days later in the intensive care unit. The doctors told me they lost me (all vitals) a couple times.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 'October 23, 2004'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Criminal attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I was a victim of gunshot.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

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 above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Being in the midst of the white light and just having a feeling of peace. I have no recollection of any conscious thoughts - just that feeling comfortable and peaceful. Those are the words that best describe my experience.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Just that if the normal experienced the level of brightness that I experienced, they would definitely be blind today - no question about that all.

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

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: 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 As stated above, it was the brightest light that almost indescribable.

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

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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know there is life after death and the feelings I experienced were so great. I try to live life being the best person I can be and remembering that every day is a gift from God - a blessing.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know there is life after death and the feelings I experienced were so great. I try to live life being the best person I can be and remembering that every day is a gift from God - a blessing.

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 My relationship with the Lord.

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I talked to my mom and my brother about it. It was about three or four weeks after my experience. My mom found it interesting, but my brother felt comfort in knowing that there is an afterlife.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain The only knowledge I had prior to my experience is what I've seen on TV hearing about other people's personal experiences. I've always been a believer of NDE and life after death.

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? No