I was in the hospital in labor. I had an epidural that didn't seem to work so the doctor gave me another large injection of the medication. As soon as the injection was given, I felt like I was going to pass out. I told to my husband 'I don't feel right, I don't feel right - call the doctor.' The heart monitor machines that I was hooked up to started alarming and the doctors came running into my room. Within seconds I went from frantic (I tend to be a more anxious person than calm) to sluggish and then sort of removed from the scene. I was there in my body but I didn't seem to feel anxious that I was fading out. The doctors were running around the room and then trying to get epinephrine into my IV to bring up my crashing blood pressure. They were jabbing me with needles and missing. I would say I felt about fifty percent there.
This is when I saw a vision of Jesus and an Angel off to the right above me. It was as though there was a window into the heavenly and I could see what they were doing although I wasn't standing next to them. Jesus had his hands stretched down to the angel and he had his hands stretched down to me directly under Jesus. The interesting thing is that I consider myself a Christian without a denomination and the vision of Jesus and the angel looked exactly like the paintings/window panes you see in a Catholic church. Jesus looked like the Catholic Jesus and the Angel looked like a Catholic Angel - not a cherub but a tall, strong, man looking angel. The colors were amazing. I tell you all this because I thought that if/when I ever saw Jesus he would look plainer. He was very radiant. Also, I can tell you that I instinctively knew what they were doing (my friends laugh at me when I try to explain this). Jesus gave the angel and then the angel gave me the 'whammy to live'. I know it sounds weird but it was like they were throwing down whammy vibes or something. They both looked very serious and intently busy with this project of theirs. I remember thinking 'Hmmm, this is interesting - they are giving me the whammy to live so that I don't die.' It was a very calm encounter even though the physical circumstances were intense. Immediately following this scene, the doctor found my vein and gave me the epinephrine and I came back one hundred percent fully into the scene in the hospital room in my bed. All of this happened in a matter of thirty seconds.
Date NDE Occurred: 3/21/2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Childbirth 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . I had been given a second epidural and my blood pressure fell sharply. It was a very controlled atmosphere so when the doctor's realized I was 'crashing' they ran in with epinephrine and I bounced right back.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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 I instinctively knew what Jesus and the Angel were doing to/for me even though no words were spoken.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The entire time. Although I was extremely frightened right before and during the crashing in the hospital room before the incident I was extremely calm when I saw Jesus.
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 Well the pace in the hospital room was frantic and the pace in heaven seemed slower, like a dream in slow motion.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? The scene I saw was vivid with pastel colors and very intense. Real but more vivid color like a painting.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? The voices in the hospital room got duller and I could read the intentions of Jesus and the Angel.
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? Yes I saw Jesus and an Angel although they weren't communicating with me.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I saw what I can describe as levels of heaven where Jesus and the angel were.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness and relief. I felt detached from worry.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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 I feel less worried about dying. I know now that I will be okay no matter what. When I get fearful, I remind myself of this experience and it comforts me.
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? Yes I have more respect for the Catholic faith now.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have more respect for the Catholic faith now.
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? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Seeing Jesus looking out for me was very meaningful. To feel like he is on my side or at least in control was great.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I've always been interested in NDE's. I've even been on this website before but I've never had something like this happen prior to the experience relayed above.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. Experience is the same whenever I refer to it in memory - real. My baby is almost one year old and it's still fresh in my mind.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I just know it was real. It wasn't a dream.
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? No.