Experience Description

After knee surgery in Mackay Base Hospital. I had begun hemorrhaging after surgery and they could not be stopped. Medical staff had told my family they could do no more.

I remember light and waking up later telling the nurses I was in pain. She asked why I had not told the doctor. I have no memory of the doctor being there. (This was very early morning hours.) After this, I have no fear of dying or, indeed of any medical emergency.

I had a similar experience on October 4 1971 when giving birth to my second child. I hemorrhaged heavily about two hours after for several hours and nurses called my husband back to the hospital and told him there was no more they could do. Once again, it stopped as quickly as it started, and I was quite at ease. I have had a severe car accident (five wedge compression fractures of the spine and a fractured sternum) but had no thought of death or even worry over the possible outcome.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: May 1968

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-relatedChildbirth Other In both cases clinical staff told me they did not know why or how I survived as they had done everything possible with no result.

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 After leaving body to enter light.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After leaving body to enter light.

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 Like space and time stood still - did not exist.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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 The whole experience happened in a 'cavern'.

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

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? No

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, trust, belief.

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

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? Moderate

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Only because others didn't understand.

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 Fairly soon. Within six months. With my husband. He accepted what I had experienced without really understanding.

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 Did not think about it until a couple months later when my doctor said they had given up on me and didn't know what was happening.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I find I now feel quite comfortable with my life and am content there is an overall plan for me.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No