Mitzi M NDE
I was at home, preparing Thanksgiving leftovers for family and friends that were staying the weekend. I bent over to pull the turkey out of the bottom of the refrigerator. As I was lifting the heavy bird, I started having what I thought was heart burn. I ignored it and sat down at the kitchen table to begin making sandwiches for my guests. After several minutes the pain started to get a little worse, so I asked my husband to finish the sandwiches and I went to lie down on our bed for a little while after taking some antacids. I began to get really hot and started sweating. The pain spread down both arms and was getting worse. After a little while I called my husband into the room and told him what was happening. At that point I couldn't sit up. He asked me if I wanted to go the hospital and I told him that I thought I had better. He had to help me up from the bed. I made it out to our vehicle on my own and he drove me to the nearest hospital that was 20 minutes away. I remember that he ran several stop lights on the way and I was getting on to him because I didn't want him to get a ticket. I started sweating profusely and my arms and chest were hurting very badly. We got to the emergency room and he pulled up to the emergency room door and went running in to get someone with a wheelchair. I had to be helped into it.
The nurse that wheeled me into the ER parked me next to the wall and said it would be a little while before I could get into triage. Another nurse came in and took one look at my face and decided to wheel me straight back to an examining room. I remember them helping me onto a table and telling me to take off my shirt so they could do an EKG. Now, all of a sudden there were people all around me poking me with needles and putting an oxygen mask on my face. I felt like I couldn't breathe with it on and kept pulling it off. One nurse asked me what my pain was like on a scale of one to ten. By then I couldn't answer her because I was in so much pain. I just looked at her and she said, "Eleven, huh?" I nodded. My husband left the room to go park our truck in the parking lot because it was right at the door of the ER. The doctor came in and I was given morphine for the pain.
The next thing I remember was that the doctor was right in my face yelling my name and telling me not to leave them. Not to go to sleep. All of a sudden, his face kind of morphed into my husband's (who was not in the room at the time). Then everything went black and I totally relaxed. It was a very, very peaceful, calm feeling. There was no pain, no stress, no worries. The next thing I remember was I was standing at the door of a very dark space looking out at a beautiful fall day. There was a dirt road leading off into the distance and I was at the beginning of it. There a forest on either side of the road and the trees and plants were all bright colors of Autumn. Right in front of me there were 2 boys, around the ages of 6 and 8, and they were standing there facing me and holding hands. I couldn't make out their faces because the sun was shining very brightly in the sky above and behind them and their faces were in dark shadow. I believe it was because the place behind me was so dark and the sun had nothing to reflect off of to light up their faces. I could see the hair on their heads and arms very well because the sun was highlighting it. It was kind of like the boys were in silhouette. That was all I remember before I woke up.
I came to, my head was turned to the left and I looked up to the head of the bed
and there was a guy adjusting several IV bags that I was hooked up to. There
were all kinds of people standing around and one of them told me that they had
almost lost me. Apparently this all happened very quickly because my husband had
not returned from moving the truck. I tried to sit up so I could look for him
and my chest and side were very sore. That's when they told me that they had had
to use the paddle on me 3 different times because my heart had stopped and
started, and stopped and started. One of the nurses told me that he had to do
CPR on me the first time because the machine was in another room and my heart
had stopped so quickly that they weren't prepared for it. I was put in MICU for
several days while they ran all kinds of tests on me. The doctors told me that
there was absolutely no damage to my heart so they weren't calling it a heart
attack. It was just an episode of sudden cardiac arrest. I was put on heart meds
for a couple of years just to be on the safe side, and now I am off of them and
I feel just fine.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes Sudden Cardiac Arrest
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? when I was facing the two boys I saw.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
when I was facing the two boys I saw.
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.)? No
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.)? No
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt relaxed and at peace.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? Uncertain I don't remember passing through a tunnel but I felt like I was standing at the mouth of one.
Did you see a light? Yes I saw the sun and it was very bright.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes I didn't know the two boys but I felt like I did. Nothing was communicated.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
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
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I felt like the two boys were standing between me and the sun. Like they didn't want me to go to it.
Did you become aware of future events? No
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes A nurse in the MICU asked if I had had a NDE and wanted to know what it was like. She seemed very interested.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real I felt like my experience was very real and I still do. I feel like there is meaning behind it but I still can't figure it out.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? The two boys seemed like they were very important to me but I still can't figure out why, or who they were.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real I felt like my experience was very real and I still do. I feel like there is meaning behind it but I still can't figure it out.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes