While I was at work. I was feeling nauseous, dizzy, a bitter taste in my mouth and was projectile vomiting; and then everything went black. I found myself in a tunnel illuminated by a faint, foggy light. As I went through it, I found myself at a fork in the tunnel where it split in two. I could make out a light at the very end of one of the tunnels; so that's the one I took. As I went along, I came across an identical branching of the tunnel. Not knowing where I'd come from, but being certain I'd already been there, I decided to walk straight ahead without ever looking back, counting the tunnel branches as I went along.
Then, there was nothing. The atmosphere was marvelous. As I was walking along, the way became lighter. No anxiety, just an overwhelming feeling of well-being. Going forward I had to slow down because I felt such a lightness that I was convinced, I could fly and leave the ground.
Having counted four hundred and fifty branches and tunnels, I found myself outdoors in a forest of vibrant colors, of fluorescent green, with a colossal tree in the center. In staring at it and its thin blanket of snow, I felt every one of my cells invaded by an energy and a sense of security I'd never felt before. A very deep voice penetrated me and made my entire being vibrate. 'It isn't time.' Everything moved in synchronicity with my steps. At this point, my entire life passed before me, but only the wayward moments and I was tormented by it.
I begged for help with all my heart and all my strength. I opened my tear-filled eyes and stared at the door in the room where I was, seeing nothing else. Two hours later, the door opened.
It was a neurosurgeon from Los Angeles who was in Rome for a conference on a new embolization technique.
He agreed to operate on me, which required only local anesthesia to the groin. First there were fifteen days of coma (nearly beyond, at the last stage before brain death with a total absence of reflexes) then fifty more days in a coma of a slightly less serious stage. Finally, the awakening with the arrival of the neurosurgeon who used a coaxial catheter of his invention to remove the little platinum spirals inside the aneurysm they were blocking. Then seven days of convalescence and I was out.
Did I dream it all? Were the tunnels a hidden memory of birth? Were these things the fruit of my imagination, or of dreams? Well! An unconscious, drugged woman who commits offences falls into a two-month long coma, fifteen days of which a deep coma, sees unknown things, opens her eyes, heals and recovers, has two daughters, passes university exams and becomes a telecommunications engineer, becomes honest and enjoys every moment of life, as cruel and difficult as it can be at times. But it's a pure marvel! Could a simple thought or human imagination be capable of transforming all this? Impossible. Even with all the rationality possible - God is the greatest.
Date NDE Occurred: 07-09/1993
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Other 'Rottura di aneurisma cerebrale, emorragia subaracnoidea, III grado scala del coma:Profondo.'
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
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 A deep an extreme sensitivity resulted in an awakening of all my senses and the ensuing sensations.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Sixty-five days.
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
Of space but not of time, which doesn't exist. There was neither the past, nor the present nor the future. Everything was synchronized.
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. All the senses were extremely amplified, dilated.
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 had the impression of extreme well-being, lightness.
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 A faint light in the depths of the darkness in one of the two tunnels and a very bright light at the exit of the tunnel.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Amazing calm, certainty, confidence and profound well-being.
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
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I saw all the offensive behavior of my life and only that.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I could answer yes but not for visions of the future in the sense that you mean it. On the other hand, extremely sensitive as I became, I notice the slightest nuance and my brain automatically figures out the most probable future outcome. Nothing more.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Before I was an atheist, insensitive, selfish. After seeing and undergoing a test, I see every day, even in the small things, the design of the Creator and I Love Him and seek to follow his teachings, always based on Love.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Before I was an atheist, insensitive, selfish. After seeing and undergoing a test, I see every day, even in the small things, the design of the Creator and I Love Him and seek to follow his teachings, always based on Love.
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 Certainly. Now being another person, I make better choices about those around me and unless I'm compelled to by some imperious priority, I don't accept compromises.
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 No other gifts other than the ability (sometimes painful) to imagine the future accurately.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The whole experience, in particular the understanding, for the first time, of true Love, Faith and Power. Not to mention the unwarranted concession to a great sinner, of a second chance at salvation.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No It is possible to discuss it with someone who's been through a similar experience, otherwise the words come but not the ability to communicate the sensations and their true significance.
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 The experience was undoubtedly real. I examined the facts and the way they changed my life by writing notes. I waited three years before starting again. Then six years, then at the tenth, twelfth and fifteenth anniversaries. All the notes I wrote until the fifteenth year are perfectly identical.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? In reviewing this experience, I'm overcome, despite it all, by a certain nostalgia.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? A question could be asked on the sensations felt and lived, without referring too much to rationality.