I had a cardiopulmonary arrest one morning at 5 a m in the hallway of a hotel. The night guard of the hotel gave me cardiac massage for 3 minutes. The First Responders gave me 3 defibrillations. I spent 11 days in a coma at the hospital Cochin in Paris. I had no heartbeat for almost 3 minutes, with a thready heartbeat for 30 minutes. During the experience, there was a sensation of violence, and a struggle, then an intense light.
Date NDE Occurred: 27/03/2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Sensation of people but they were separated from me through a kind of window: far away.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Less consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the ambulance of the First Responders.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
The notion of time was severely disrupted. Loss of memory and in an eleven-day coma.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had no memory of the weeks before my accident. My memory was blank. During the experience, there was intense blue and red light.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No memories. Nothing specific.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain Blue and red, it could have been the First Responders or police ?
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place
The experience included: Hellish imagery
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peaceful, despite a feeling of violence.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Unknown
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Mon expérience est une sensation de violence de lutte
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I'm putting problems in perspective. I'm speaking openly about death. With others, incomprehension.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? Unknown No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life At first, much calmer and detached. Afterwards, out of touch with the living. Now many anxiety attacks. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I‘m out of touch with people. Contact is more difficult.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Sensation of struggle, noise and intense light
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time
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? My experience is a feeling of violence and struggle.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes During some months, afterwards: incomprehension. I haven‘t talked about it in a long time.
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 probably not real I don't know, my loss of memory and the 11 days of coma.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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