8-8-2002 I was going to do a simple task that I had done several times before. This was to build up a small place in a chipper throat that was worn down; this was causing wood slabs to hang and not feed into the chipper. So, after the mill shut down for the day, I assigned other workers to do other chores so we could all go home early because it was such a hot and very humid day in Louisiana.
After performing all safety tasks, I proceeded into the small throat of the chipper to make the weld to build up the place where the problem was. After crawling in there, I realized I had put my ground in the wrong place and I needed my slag hammer. I started to crawl backwards to get out when a naked place in the stinger lead contacted the metal trough that I was lying in. I was soaking wet with sweat and the electricity went in my arm and stomach and would not let me go. I couldn't yell or anything to get away and I could not breathe, so basically I suffocated to death and my heart stopped. Suddenly I remembered I had done everything I could now it was in the Lord's hands, so I started praying for God to help me. I saw this tunnel of white light drawing closer and closer and I was not afraid or in pain anymore, all I felt was peace.
Later I woke up briefly to vomit in the ambulance and there were angels attending me all in white. When I made mention of this later to the nurses they told me it was not us we all have on purple scrubs. And when arriving in the hospital I was still unconscious but I could see myself from above the table with my wife there holding my hand and IVs in me and covered with ice and doctors and nurses everywhere working on me.
Date NDE Occurred: 8-8-2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes electrocution from a welding machine Other when I was found I had been dead approx. 7-10 min. revived and remained unconscious for about 2 hours and 45 min.
I was being electrocuted and could not free myself from it, and I knew I was going to die.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I was fighting for my life.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was fighting for my life.
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
The time that I was in the light seemed like a very long time, it's like God was keeping me there to get a glimpse of his glory.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't really know.
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
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 But the angels that I saw were not in the light they ministered to me afterwards.
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 a bright tunnel of pure light like I have never seen before.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme fear and then peace like never before.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have a closer relationship with God Because of it.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have a closer relationship with God Because of it.
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? 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? Yes I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain damage, and a lot of physical damage, and financial stress which adds to my family life but praise God He is going to see us through it.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The tunnel of white light, angels surrounding me, and out of body experience.
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 the light, being brought from the dead, it makes me closer to God makes me realize that every day we have is special.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I wanted to share this as soon as I was conscious but I was not able to talk due to my injuries, but as soon as I could I told everyone I talked about it. Some of their reactions were he is nut and some took it as what I saw was real a miracle from God.
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 know it was real I don't care what anybody says!
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I have more time to have with my family and more time to tell others about what Jesus has done for me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No