I gave birth to a daughter, my third child and my second cesarean. All my births have been high risk, including this one. During the surgery, I lost a lot of blood because I hemorrhaged. When I was in the room with my daughter, I let her nurse and started feeling really bad and I began to see faded black spots until I lost my sight altogether for a few moments. I then told my husband to talk with the nurse fast because I felt really bad. The nurse arrived and took my daughter from me. She told me to completely relax my whole body and not to do anything at all because my vital signs were dropping at an alarming rate. They were dropping so much that the nurse told me not to close my eyes because I could fall asleep and immediately go into a coma. I followed all her instructions but I suddenly didn't feel my body or any pain at all.
I kept my eyes open, but there had been what I would describe as a separation of my spirit from my body because I saw my body from the ceiling of the room of the hospital. I saw, heard and felt such peace, an enormous and embracing serenity as if there was no force of gravity at that moment. I thought that people who die must feel as I felt. No wonder they didn't come back. And I felt so majestic that nothing worried me about my children, nor the newborn baby notwithstanding the great pleasure I took in having my first daughter. And although I love my mother and father so much, even though my father was still alive and I knew I had to continue working to help him financially in his illness, I didn't feel worried, only enormous peace. Nor did I feel guilty for anything. It was something inexplicable.
Date NDE Occurred: April 3, 2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related 'fue por cirugia de cesaria y perdi mucha sangre, entonces mis signos vitales comenzaron a decender demasiado que la enfermera dijo, que no cerrara los ojos, porque podria caer en estado de coma.' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' 'tuve una niña,por cesarea y perdi mucha sangre en la cirujia hubo emorragia.'. I went through a very serious medical crisis.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I was physically conscious the whole time. It's just that my vital signs were failing when I had my experience. I was even conscious when I was outside my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was physically conscious the whole time. It's just that my vital signs were failing when I had my experience. I was even conscious when I was outside my body.
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 I don't know how much time transpired in that state, but I was conscious.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? My vision was normal but seeing things from the ceiling. My sense of hearing, too. My thoughts were more rapid and I could think many things within a few seconds.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I don't understand the question.
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A peace I had never experienced before. Profound serenity. I also felt very comforted, something lovely, the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me.
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 I began to forgive everybody who harmed me or who felt hatred towards others because I had the impulse to read some books and to learn. After the experience, I had the impression that something great would happen but I only felt very peaceful because of my forgiveness of others. I told my mother that something monumental was going to transpire but I didn't know what, whether in the world of to me personally. And sure enough, something very positive happened to me.
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 no tenia fe ninguna
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I don't believe in Catholic fundamentalism. I don't agree with that. But my faith is enormous.
What is your religion now? Liberal 'la fe hoy en dia es inmensamente grande y no creo en un regimen de religion pero la fe por Dios, Espiritu santo y sr.Jesus es la mas grande de el mundo.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I don't believe in Catholic fundamentalism. I don't agree with that. But my faith is enormous.
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 had the urge to get closer to God and to study books where I could find peace etc.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I think so, with me and with my husband.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Everything is unbelievable, and what I experienced at that time is inexplicable.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Only that at times I can feel the pain of others without even knowing them, only by seeing them, but I don't know how to help. And sometimes I have clairvoyance and premonitions. This is involuntary, not voluntary. At times, I can see or feel the hatred of others, and sadness too, that accompanies some people.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? This peace that I felt was the greatest of my life. Afterwards I began seeking it and I found it, but it's still a bit dense, not as great as the NDE.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Since nobody believes me they get flummoxed, not knowing what to say.
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. At first I kept quiet and only meditated alone on what had happened to me. Afterwards I began talking about it even though they adjudged me crazy.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Today I see my experience as very real. I can never forget it. I believe it was something necessary.
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, but if you have questions you can contact me.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think everything was fine. Thanks!