I had been in an old 1957 Chevy on a cold day - I was playing with toys on the back seat. While sitting on the floor of the car close to the floor the carbon monoxide poison was coming in through the cracks in the floorboards. In the 1960s, it was common to leave a child in a car. As I said it was cold, my brother and sister went into a store to get ink for our dad - I stayed in the car playing while the car was left running. Thirty minutes or so later, my brother and sister returned for another fifteen or so minute drive home. I remember feeling real sleepy. When we pulled into the driveway my brother and sister just ran in the house as I tried to get my toys together and having a hard time thinking - I remember that I decided to just bring my Monopoly Game (because I liked the red houses).
As I walked up the walkway I felt my energy drain from my body so I yelled out for my mother. Last thing I remember was seeing one of those little red houses falling to the ground from inside my body - then it all changed in reverse - I watched the little house fall from outside of my body and watched as my mother came to the porch and yelled for father my brother and sister crying. As for me? Just calm it was just after Christmas and I got the sheep skin coat that I bugged my parents for - I only bring this up because my brother bought me a purple slush while he was in the store earlier and I could see my dad trying to revive me and the slush staining my coat! So here I am dead and I am upset over a coat! Don't know how long this was all taking; I just know I was slowly rising higher floating in the tree looking down. Next thing I remember was waking up in the Union Hospital in Freetown, Massachusetts, with everyone around me asking if I was going to be okay now.
I looked at my mother and said, 'Mom is my coat ruined now, will the purple come out?' It was at that point the room went 'dead' silent - you could have heard a pin drop because unknown to me my clothes had been remove at the scene and no one knew where they were? So how did I know, but only for the fact I was there viewing the actions from above. The first to speak was the doctor he asked me how and at what point did I know that I soiled my coat? I told him while I was floating in the tree looking down at my body and my dad. The doctor said it was very important that I speak to a special nurse who asked me all kinds of questions. When I asked her why so many questions she said it isn't everyday a boy dies and can come back to talk about it. She said it was because I had died and they wanted to know what it looked and felt like so they could keep a record of it.
Date NDE Occurred: December 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes carbon monoxide poisoning Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? When I could see my dad trying to revive me and the slush staining my coat!
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. I was floating in a tree looking down at my family; I did have the sense that I was leaving them, can't say I was sad just that I loved them so much.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear everything even the ambulance in distance and my dad and brother arguing to drive me there (Hospital) that there wasn't time they were losing me.
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
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 It was brighter as I rose slowly.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see my Dad trying to revive me and the slush staining my coat! I remember telling my brother that it wasnt his falt because thats what he kept saying as I watched him from the tree Id say I was flooting 25 feet up
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm kind of like it's going to be okay no matter what - not worried almost a mindset that they, whoever that was, will figure it out and let me know.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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? Yes I feel closer to people, sometimes too close, like I can feel their pains.
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? Yes It seems that my story was a comfort for all my family soon to die. I would remind them how I could see them so know that I will feel there time and has been the case with all that have passed - my grandmother, dad, uncle, brother, and mom, even my dog. I have been with them when they died I just talked with them and told them I love them, reminded them of the story and that everything was okay for them to go. No sooner did I say go, they left at the moment.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? When I saw the slush staining my new coat! I was only a kid!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I feel it has helped many to feel that someone they know and trust, a child, no hype, nothing to gain, had this experience.
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 You don't float in tree everyday so yes REAL.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know that there is more to life than life and we do go somewhere when our body dies but I believe our souls go on - sometime I feel like we are butterfly's and we just start again somewhere else.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I would be more interested in children's stories, the clear straight talk of kids.