I arrived at the hospital to have my child. I had an exam, and the diagnosis was that I was overdue and the baby was tangled up in the umbilical cord. The exam precipitated some heavy bleeding, to such an extent that my hands and feet were turning purple. The doctors started running around. They immediately put me in a wheelchair and rushed me to the operating room. From there, they gave me anesthesia and I began to fall asleep. Then I thought I had woken up, but, looking around, I realized that I was now above my body. From above my body, I looked down and watched how the doctors were running here and there, doing things. Most importantly, they were giving me electroshock. Still above my body, I looked up and saw a strong, but not blinding, light. I felt drawn towards that light, and it seemed to send a bridge made of light to me. Crossing the bridge, at a certain point, I looked at my hands and feet and they were all right. They were no longer purple. I was wearing a white gown. I felt peaceful and was in no pain. I walked towards the light, and the closer I got, the better I could see some interesting people there, who seemed to be illuminated by a light that was coming from behind them.I was just getting to where the people were standing when I saw them stepping aside to the right and to the left, revealing a person who had in his arms a bundle wrapped in a little sky-blue blanket. That person was Jesus! I was sure it was him! He had light brown, almost blond hair, a red tunic, something like a sky-blue cape and he was wearing mustard-color men's sandals. He was not barefoot. I started to get closer, and I felt so happy to see him! We stood facing each other and he extended his right hand toward me while holding the bundle in his left. I stretched out my own hand so he would take me with him. He stopped me by signaling with his hand. Without speaking, he communicated to me that it was not my time yet. He let me know that I have a mission on earth. At that moment, he gave me the bundle. It was a tiny baby! My baby! My child! A boy! Jesus instructed me to call my baby ‘Emmanuel.’ (That means ‘God is with us.’) Right after that, I heard behind me a male voice saying: ‘Gorda!’ [literally ‘fat’, an affectionate nickname in Latin America]. ‘Gorda, wake up!’ When I awoke, there was the doctor, holding my hand, and my baby was lying beside me. I was in pain. I looked at my baby and he looked the same as he had when Jesus had given him to me. As for the mission Jesus told me about, over the years I realized that I do have the ability to help people.
Date NDE Occurred: 28/04/83
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was always aware of what I was doing.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. They were the same.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. They were the same.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly 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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, happiness, and, above all, harmony.
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 myself or others
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? 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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly 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? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? Yes
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes First, I told the doctor, then my family, and lastly, my church.
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 realized that it was, because I had been clinically dead, according to what the doctor told me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I believe that people go through that.
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? That it was a beautiful experience, and it is God who decides when it should happen.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It should tell people that they think about it before telling the experience and that the word death doesn't need to be so hard.
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