As I was driving my motorcycle to work one morning, a car did a U-turn and hit me. At sixty mph, I hit the road with no helmet on. I died right away from the accident. An emergency room doctor saw it happen, worked on me, and got me to the trauma center in the hospital. I broke all the bones on my right side, and seriously injured my head. The left side of my brain was separated from the right. I died three more times at the hospital. I was on life support and in a coma for two months.
When I woke up, I didn't know how I had gotten there, and couldn't even remember my name. I couldn't walk, talk, or see, and I lost all my memory from before the accident. I did remember who talked to me, and around me, while I was in the coma. The first day, a good friend came and begged me to live, but after that, my family wouldn't let me have any visitors. But they couldn't stop my old boss from visiting me. He had died five years before of cancer, and I had helped him at that time. He came and sat with me on my bed while I was in the coma. The room looked bare, but not dark, and we sat and talked about work and hunting off and on for a couple of months. At that point, he told me it was time for me to wake up and go back to work, that I had slept long enough.
I woke up, and after a few months, I did learn how to walk, and talk again, and got my vision back. It took a few months more to get most of my memory back. I know there must be a reason for this.
Date NDE Occurred: 10/30/2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident. Direct head injury Other 'Trauma accident, Life threatening, with death and in a coma and on life support for two months'
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 When I was talking to my old boss.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was talking to my old boss.
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. Some things seemed the same, and some didn't seem real. It was hard for me to grasp what some of them were about.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. In the coma, sound seemed different, and also when I first woke up. It took a few months for things to seem normal again.
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 l left here and went down a hall to a room they had put my body in. I watched them work on me. Then I sat on the bed and talked to my old boss.
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 I talked to my old boss. I talked to my old best friend who used to be my neighbor and had died three years before. She had been old when she died, and I had loved her dearly. I met some new people and talked to them; they had died, too. I didn't know why I was meeting them, because I had not known them before they died. They just said that later on I would know why. Now I do. After I came back to this life, I met the best friend of one of those people. Now that person is MY best friend. Another one of them, a lady that had died, she told me I had to go back and take care of her husband. I had been out of the hospital for a couple of weeks, when I met him. We both felt a special connection and are still together now.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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? Yes It was just down the hall in a bright room.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I wasn't scared any more to die. But I couldn't understand why I had to come back. I seemed to lose my understanding of why we are living. (I never used to think about it.)
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 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 Raised Baptist but hadn't gone in while
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Still believe but don't go
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? Uncertain I had a hard time understanding why I lived.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My family walked away from me. It's been a long time since I saw them. It's still hard to understand that one, but now my friends have become my family. It makes me love them even more!
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Other than how some people talked around me in the coma.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Now I understand more about how people are.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I have a new chance at life now because of this. I didn't really have the best kind of life before, and now I do. I did learn the value of true friends.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Uncertain I try to explain it, and I don't think most people understand what I went through.
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 Right after it happened; I considered the experience to be definitely real.
It took me a long time to get back to reality. It was hard to get my memory back. Hard to understand the questions that came with it. It took several months for me to sort things out. I have been blessed by friends who have helped me out.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still consider the experience to be definitely real. And it has made me appreciate how important a person's friends can be.
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? It makes you appreciate your friends. I learned that to get your memory back, you have to do things you used to do in your life before. When you're in a coma, you do hear what's being said, even if you can't respond at all. So if you ever have a family member that's in a coma, just talk to them like normal - they need that!!!