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Christopher M NDE

Edited for clarity by Judy Shea 10/27/12 

EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION:

In August of 1996 I was involved in an automobile accident. I received a large number of injures including a blow to the head.

After I had been transported to a hospital, I slipped into a coma for four days. When I woke up I had a catheter inside me and my left hand was taped to my chest. My hand had been crushed and my wrist broken. I was also paralyzed on the left side and could not sit up.

Quite a lot of tubes and wires were attached to my arms, chest and head. I was in a lot of pain but somehow I knew I would be all right. I did not remember how I had gotten in this bed or this shape. (I still don’t remember the accident. I understand this is normal for head injuries like mine.)

I was probing the thick white tube of the catheter with my fingers when a person I choose to call Bertha said sharply, “Don’t pull on it, or it will hurt.” The B##$% was right. With tears running down my face I said, “Then you get it out!” She turned and left me in pain with no explanation as to where I was or how I had gotten there. I hope all you medical types take note: when coming out of a coma, a fella is confused and needs sympathy more than he needs advice.

It was not long before a nurse, like an angel of mercy, came to my rescue. As she was removing the catheter and all the unnecessary tubes, she explained that her name was Barbra, and I that had been brought in by life-flight four days earlier. I had a crush injury to my left hand and wrist, some broken ribs and a whole list of cuts for which I had received some twenty-eight stitches. Also a traumatic brain injury to my right frontal lobe. Then she asked, “Do you remember the accident at all?”

I responded that I did not remember it at all. The only thing I could remember was about my stay in this hospital, and it was about waking up one time in the dark. I had thought that it was early morning at home and that I was going to be late for work, so I got out of bed and started looking for my clothes. I remember trying to look out the window, too, but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. I asked Barbra. “Was that why Bertha was such a B##$% to me?”

Barbra gently explained that I could not possibly have gotten out of bed. She made no comment about my choice of language. Then after lowering the side rails, she helped me to sit on the edge of the bed. With me holding onto the IV stand as a crutch and Barbra holding me up on the other side, she helped me to stand. I was quite shaky and it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. But the paralyses went away, some.

I had been wearing an open-back hospital robe. (At this point, modesty was not an issue.) But Barbra told me my family had brought me some new clothing, including some shorts. They were in the closet, which was a cabinet (a wardrobe) by the window. It stood away from the wall and was maybe six feet tall with two doors in the front and a drawer in the bottom.  As she was helping me into my shorts, I told her I just remembered that someone had left an L.E.D. sign on the top of the wardrobe. I could tell it shocked her when I said this. 

She asked, “What did it say?” I explained that the sign had not been not turned on, so it had been dark. Then she helped me back into bed and said she would be right back. She returned with a doctor who questioned me about the sign.

I told him that the sign was twenty-four inches long by four inches wide. It had a dark color (black or gray) plastic face with red L.E.Ds. It was not turned on, so it had no message. The doctor stood on a chair to get the sign and lifted it up so I could see it. It was the same sign that I had just described. Then he explained that it had been left high up in the room to help with a study of Out Of Body Experiences.

I had not at the time thought that I had been out of my body. I also had not had any of the classic tunnel experiences, nor had I seen a light. That was sixteen years ago. Now I’m not so sure. The only message I brought back with me is that I would be all right. I guess it was not my time. But since my experience, death has not been as frightening to me as it had been before.

For a long time, I have felt the need to share this with someone. I will admit I did not have a clear head at the time. So this story may not prove anything, but it did happen to me, just like I said, and I’m certain that even in death I will be OK.

I have recovered completely, except for my left hand the "social finger" is fused in a functional position. This does get a lot of laughs. So far, everyone I have encountered that's had a NDE reports a happy outcome from it. So I do believe we survive beyond death.

I am not qualified to explain what happened to me. However, after a lot of research and thought, I have come to some conclusions. As I see it I was near death and:

A.        I could not have gotten out of bed.

B.        In what I remember about having gotten out of bed, my left arm was not injured.

C.        I could not move the blinds even though they were light plastic or vinyl.

D.        I was not alone, someone put me back into bed. Although I did not see them, I trusted them.

E.        I’m 5’4” but I could see the top of a six foot wardrobe. 

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Uncertain.  In August of 1996, I was involved in an automobile accident. I received a large number of injures including a blow to the head.

After I had been transported to a hospital, I slipped into a coma for four days. When I woke up, I had a catheter inside me and my left hand was taped to my chest. My hand had been crushed and my wrist broken. I was also paralyzed on my left side and could not sit up. 

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Uncertain.     I have strong memories of this event, but it doesn't seem as if it could have really happened—that is, according to the usual beliefs people have. Having had a head injury, maybe I shouldn't trust my memories—but they are so real. 

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I had woken up in the dark one time. I thought I was going to be late for work, so I got out of bed and started looking for my clothes. I remember trying to look out the window, but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. 

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness.    

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I could see the sign, even in a dark room but the sign was not lit. However I could not see out the window at all. 

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 remember any sounds, but the other person or entity must have told me to get back into the bed. 

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   Yes.   As the nurse was helping me into my shorts, I told her that I remembered that someone had left an L.E.D. sign on top of the wardrobe. I could tell it shocked her when I told her about it.

She asked, “What did it say?” I explained it was not turned on, so it was dark. Then she helped me back into bed and said she would be right back. She returned with a doctor who questioned me about the sign. I told him that the sign was twenty-four inches long by four inches wide. It had a dark color (black or gray) plastic face with red L.E.Ds. It was not turned on, so it had no message. The doctor stood on a chair and lifted the sign up so I could see it. Then he explained that it had been left on the top of the wardrobe to help with a study of Out Of Body Experiences. 

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   I felt safe – that I was being taken care of and that I would be all right.    

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No    

Did you see an unearthly light?   No    

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I encountered a definite being.

I had woken up in the dark one time. I thought I was going to be late for work, so I got out of bed looking for my clothes. I remember trying to look out the window, but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. 

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)?   No    

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   Uncertain.   I had woken up in the dark one time. I thought I was going to be late for work, so I got out of bed looking for my clothes. I remember trying to look out the window, but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. 

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No    

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   No 

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   No 

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No 

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Yes.

I remember trying to look out the window, but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. 

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.

I remember trying to look out the window but for some reason I could not open the blinds. The window had vertical blinds. Then someone put me back to bed. 

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No   

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No    

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No    

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No    

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs I had at the time of my experience.  

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience?   I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.    

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:    If my brain was pumped full of drugs to shut it down, and yet I was conscious, (for example, aware of being over by the window, as well as having seen the L.E.D. sign on top of the wardrobe) then "I" was not in my body, and my mind was not in my brain.  So I have survived outside of life and will survive death. 

My experience directly resulted in:   Large changes in my life. 

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?   Yes.   We are not material. So chasing after material things is not as important to me now. 

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?   We are not material. So chasing after material things is not as important to me now. 

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?     We are not material. So chasing after material things is not as important to me now. 

Have you ever shared this experience with others?   Yes.  Less than a year. 

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Uncertain.   I may have heard about them, but did not think much about them. All I could remember was something about a tunnel and a light. I did not see a light so maybe I did not get that far. 

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was probably real.   I am not qualified to explain what happened to me. However after a lot of research and thought I have come to some conclusions. As I see it I was near death and:

A.        So I could not have gotten out of bed.

B.        When I did seem to get out of bed, my left arm was not injured.

C.        I could not move the blinds even though they were light plastic or vinyl.

D.        I was not alone, someone put me back into bed. Although I did not see them, I trusted them.

E.        I’m 5’4” but I could see the top of a six foot wardrobe.

I have strong memories of  this event, but according to how people usually see things, it could not have happened. Having had a head injury, maybe I shouldn't trust my memories—but they are so real.  

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real.   I am not qualified to explain what happened to me. However after a lot of research and thought I have come to some conclusions. As I see it I was near death and:

A.        So I could not have gotten out of bed.

B.        When I did seem to get out of bed my left arm was not injured.

C.        I could not move the blinds even though they were light plastic or vinyl.

D.        I was not alone, someone put me back into bed. Although I did not see them I trusted them.

E.        I’m 5’4” but I could see the top of a six foot wardrobe. 

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No    

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No    

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No       

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   No