Anna W NDE
Edited for clarity by Judy Shea 10/1/12
After my hysterectomy surgery, I was discharged from the hospital to home. However, six days later, I was back in the hospital again because of severe pain and a high fever. The admission exam revealed that my blood was infected, that I had peritonitis, and a scan showed I had internal bleeding in two places. The infection rate had gone way up to 327CRP. [CRP is the measure of a pain-reactive protein in the blood that rises with inflammation.] The pain was incredible. I needed emergency surgery to drain and wash the infected areas inside my abdomen.
Fifteen minutes before I was taken to the operating theater, I was lying in my hospital bed feeling overwhelmed with pain. Suddenly my awareness changed, and the room became filled with a bright light. And there before me were my late grandmother and late mother-in-law, floating toward me! They came to rest on either side of my bed – my grandmother, to the left of me, and my mother-in-law to my right. Only my mother-in-law spoke. She said it wasn't my time to come with them, but that they were here to help me with my pain. So they 'pulled' me out of my body and I floated straight upward a short distance, where I stopped and remained hovering there. As soon as I left my body, everything was tranquil and I felt no more pain. My mother-in-law pointed to a whitish translucent cord attached at one end to the floating "me," and at the other end, to my body on the bed. She instructed me to be careful not to break that cord, as I was going to need it to get back into my body. From above, I could clearly see my husband and the doctors and nurses gathered around my bed. The room was filled with a beautiful bright white light. Looking through this white light, I could see vivid colors, as well as the ordinary objects in the room. I remained floating serenely above my body until I was taken to the operating theater. Once there, my mother-in-law and grandmother vanished. In their place, beside my bed, appeared my late grandfather, clad in a white coat. (He had been a general practitioner/ doctor during his life. However, I had never met him, as he had died when I was seven years old!) He spoke to me about the details of my medical issues and pointed out in terms of centimeters exactly where in my abdomen the three main internal infections were located. He specified this medical information in Latin (I don't speak Latin, but I understood him) and then he, too, disappeared. I immediately re-entered my body, and so I was able to repeat everything my grandfather had just told me, while the surgeon wrote down detailed notes and my husband listened.
A couple of days after the (successful) surgery, I talked with the surgeon. He said he had never spoken to anyone in my condition, (CRP327 – i.e. in such a lot of pain), who had been able to talk so clearly. Also he had never had access before a surgery to such accurate information on where to find the main infected areas. He said that my grandfather's directions, had told him to move certain internal organs aside to get to the third infected location. Without my grandfather's information, he could easily have missed it, especially since at admission, they had diagnosed me with only two internal infections, not three. It was exactly as my grandfather had described it. He had said that there was an area of infected fluid in a "hidden" part of my pelvis and had described, in terms of centimeters, exactly where to drain this infected fluid. It was beneath a bleeding point.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes. It was an out of body experience.
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes. It was right before an emergency operation.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the moment that I started to float, right after I was 'pulled out' of my body.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal.
If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain: During the moment that I started to float, right after I was 'pulled out' of my body.
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)? Yes. There was more depth, more transparency, and incredible colors. Since the experience I have been able to draw and paint very detailed, colorful canvasses. Before, I never used details and colors to the extent I do now.
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)? Yes. I could clearly hear my late relatives, whereas the hospital workers in the room sounded less clear, (although what they were saying to each other was still clear enough for me to understand.)
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peaceful, tranquil, pain-free, wise, relaxed, happy to see my late relatives again, calm, and knowing I was in good hands.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? Yes. Bright white light. It arose in the middle of the room and spread out in rays of light. Objects in the room, however, remained colored, but with more color than normal.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes. My grandmother, my mother-in-law, and my grandfather.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? Yes. I learned that my life was not over yet and that I needed to finish my studies and help others during the rest of my life.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? No. I remained in the hospital room.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes, it was timelessness, and the hospital room seemed somewhere else.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes. Not me, but my late grandfather told me things that I reported to the doctor.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes. The border was the cord that was attached to my body. I was told not to cross the border (break the cord) because if I did, I would not be able to re-enter my body.
Did you become aware of future events? Yes. That I would finish my studies and in the future I would work with patients myself.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? Yes. Now I can feel if patients are hiding their pain and I can sense emergency situations. I sort of "know" when patients are in danger, without having had any verifiable information beforehand.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes. Right after the experience, I told my husband and the surgeon, no one else. I told my best friend after a year and a half. My husband is now more open to paranormal experiences.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes. I had heard of it, but wasn't interested. I now want to know other NDE stories.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real. At the time it was extremely real.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, especially my grandfather's understanding of my diagnosis that he gave to me to tell the surgeon, so the surgery would be successful. I feel that he is still around me, helping to enhance my own skills in my daily life, especially in my current work as a district nurse.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was probably real. Sometimes I doubt my experience, and think of the amounts of morphine that I had been given.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. Now I am closer to my husband and my best girlfriend.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain. I have not changed a lot in regard to religion.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? Patients should be asked about these experiences when they are being discharged from hospital.
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes