I was admitted for surgery on an ascending appendicitis, which means the appendix was lodged between the kidneys and the liver, and was difficult to see on a scan. The operation was scheduled to last forty-five minutes, but it turned out to be three and half hours. When they put me to sleep, I came out of my body and floated towards the corner of the ceiling of the operating theatre. I could see the doctors and watch myself being operated on. I noticed something was happening - they were flustered, particularly the anesthetist. Then I saw the room as a glass box, and I could see my relatives outside. When I returned to where my body was, I saw my maternal grandfather to my left (he had died three years before my birth), and to my right was my godfather (who died when I was eight years old). They took me by my hands. Around them was a very beautiful blue light and I felt warmth in their hands. Then, above my head, there appeared a tunnel. Many beings were there, and I felt their happiness on seeing me. My grandfather and my godfather told me I must be strong, as it was not yet my time, and I couldn't join them. I recall that my senses were acute, I could hear better than ever. There was a peace, which cannot be described - and my desire to remain there was immense. The next day, having come back here, I told everyone all about it. Some of my relatives could not believe it. That is when I found out that I had been clinically dead for some minutes.
Since this experience, my life has been different. I have visions, connections with the Virgin, with Jesus and with beings, I have never otherwise seen. I have premonitory dreams on a world-scale. I can see what is wrong with seriously ill people, how long they have to live, or whether they can be saved. I have a clairvoyance, which is the most important thing - I feel it is my gift and my cross. What I have learned is that life is very short, but we should not fear death - we should pray, try to act rightly, and love everything that lives. I have decided to live my life slowly and with awareness. I can promise you that up there it is fabulous - but down here also has its charm.
Date NDE Occurred: 24 de mayo de 1999
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
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 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Throughout
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout
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
Time passes slowly there. In fact, let's say that time does not exist at all.
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. There were shining colors and blinding lights, but they did not hurt my eyes. I could see everything with clarity and in some cases with a soft mistiness.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. But my ears did hear a great deal, with great clarity.
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 I saw a tunnel, at the beginning, but I did not enter it. I was not allowed to.
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? Yes they (said) I should be strong, that I had to remain here.
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 I saw several. The ones that were most noticeable to me were the light in the tunnel and the light surrounding my loved ones.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Absolute peace.
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 Happenings around the world - most recently in one of my premonitory dreams, I saw the Fukushima disaster five months before it happened. And I know even more.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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 My God has no face, my God is love and light. The rest of what people say about God is created by human beings.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My God has no face, my God is love and light. The rest of what people say about God is created by human beings.
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 I learned and understood what it is to die and to come back - these experiences.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Some people drew away from me, and many drew nearer to me. And I can discern the rotten fruit from the rest.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No The light emitted by my loved ones, and the warmth of their hands.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Clairvoyance, premonitory dreams, communication with deceased persons and with mystic beings.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Well, yes, but I can't explain them because they just remain beyond words.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The day after my operation. They were amazed, and some cried.
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 I saw it as a gift - as if someone had given me a special opportunity, or as if I had been chosen, for some reason, to have this experience.
And I now feel that since then, I have changed, and my life is quite different.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As I was able to confirm that death is one more step in this life. And I think that here everything is lived through too quickly, so I now savor everything more slowly.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? SOMETHING INEXPLICABLE AND ASTONISHING EXPLODED WITHIN MY BEING!
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Everything is very complete.