I was sleeping in the ward I heard lady patients calling for nurses because I was making funny breathing and choking noises. I remember being pushed along the corridors and through the ward doors to the theatre. Still in my body I watched the surgeons take blood soaked swabs from my mouth and drop them into a plastic bucket I saw the oxygen tanks around the room. Then I floated up to the ceiling and I could see through the wall to another room and I recognised young women from my ward sleeping in their beds. Then I was in a viewing gallery with a very tall woman who held my hand. She was strong, serious and in charge of me. We watched my dad come into the theatre to see me as the doctors thought I was going to die. I didn't feel sorry for my dad or particularly want to go back. The woman holding my hand told me I had to get into my body. I said I was scared that I didn't know how to do it. She said go down now. I said what shall I tell them about it. Then I was in my body again and a nurse was stroking my face. I said what I used to hear in the movies "Where am I" although I knew exactly what had happened. I stayed in hospital for 3 weeks and I told mum and she told the nurses but nothing more was said. When I got home I became talented at drawing and poetry and I became a serious little girl who was knowing.
Date NDE Occurred: 1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
After a tonsillectomy I suffered a blod clot and was rushed back to surgery for a complete blood transfusion. My heart stopped and I was resuscitated.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes The nurses confirmed the layout of the operating theatre were what I described
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 I was more mature for my years.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Holding the ladies hand in the gallery.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
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 was really calm and unafraid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could only hear the spirit lady
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: Darkness
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? anticipation and obedience
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? No
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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
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? Christian- Protestant I attended a church of england primary school, I knew the lords prayer and sang hymns
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant I don't attend church
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 I don't think I'd contemplated death or understood God before the experience.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 A female presence who took charge of me and held my hand firmly
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes The spirit woman was in charge of my destiny and I had to obey her
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I was only six years old but I became aware of loving the wonder of nature, rainbows and sunsets and stars at night.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes I knew that I had to do more work on earth and it felt daunting.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly 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? Are meaningful and significant
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? Uncertain As above, I knew I had more work to do on earth and my reluctance to do it was felt when I was told to go back in my body.
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? Slight changes in my life I became sensitive to others I sometimes felt I was a stranger to my mum and dad. My imagination and creativity became increased and I felt I could will some things to happen. In adult hood I have experimented with reiki healing, angel cards, colour therapy and other therapies for well being. I studied to become a life coach.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 I think about the experience most days.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I am highly sensitive to the needs of others.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? yes, how detached I felt towards my parents.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my mum and hospital immediately but it was always ignored
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 It was totally real as far as I was concerned
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It means so much to me in this life.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I had an episode of a sleeping paralysis where two unearthly beings were in my room when I was 16. I had to struggle to wake my body up although my mind and eyes were alert.
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