I had my daughter at 12:07 pm. At 2:00 pm, I looked at the clock knowing it was time to bring my daughter in for me to see. The nurse came in and as I looked at the clock, I told her, I am sick. The nurse just took off running. That's all I remember until, I heard the nurses say her blood pressure is 60/40 then 40/20. I saw them crying. I saw the doctor come in, he had regular shoes on and clothes, he had on brown shoes with snow on his shoes. It was not snowing when I got to the hospital, and I had no idea it was snowing.
I started going through what looked like a tunnel, with a bright light at the end. I heard a voice say, 'Teri, open your eyes.' I kept saying I can't. I could hear water dripping. I heard a voice said open your eyes or you will die. The doctors and nurses called me Theresa, my nickname is Teri and I had never told them that. When I finally opened my eyes, the doctor was standing over me taking his fist and hitting me in the stomach. I looked at the doctor and told him, 'I know where it's at.' I pushed out what looked like a big blood clot. The doctor stood in shock. The water dripping sound I heard was blood hitting the floor. I lost about three pints of blood.
I was in the hospital for five days. The doctor told me he was going to send the clot off. He thought it was a twin that never developed. I never found out what it was. I had just turned seventeen years old and I had never heard of near death experience. The doctor came in the next day and wrote down everything I had to say. He was amazed that I knew everything they were saying. I told him about his boots having snow on them, etc.
Date NDE Occurred: January 30,1971
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I wore glasses at the time, but I don't remember if I had them on or not.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I did have super hearing, today I have a lot of ear trouble.
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 I could feel my body going through a tunnel, I was laying down.
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
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 Bright.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Thinking how bright the light was at the end of the tunnel. Knowing that if I didn't open my eyes I would die.
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
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 have been able to see things before they happen.
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 know now for sure there is a heaven.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know now for sure there is a heaven.
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? Yes The day before Princess Di died, I told my husband that someone was going to get killed that would shock the world. I had no idea who it would be. I told my husband that I would be in a wreck and driving and glass would cut my right arm but the cuts would be minor. The next week it happened.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I think it was Jesus telling me to open my eyes, no one at that time in my family that I was close to had died.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The night when I woke up. They believed me because at the time we had never heard of things like that happening.
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. That I was blessed, given a second chance.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I know because it happened to me. When I opened my eyes and told the doctor I knew where it was - how would I have known that? I had just had my baby.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Not sure. I just wanted to tell someone. Of all the near death experiences, I had heard of years after mine I have never heard one where someone heard a voice tell them to open your eyes or you will die.