My blood pressure and heart rate had fallen. I remember watching people work on me. I was looking on from above them. I heard everything they said and did. The doctor couldn't get a central line on me. The scene was chaos. I had been kooky prior to this experience from high fever, concussion and the narcotics I was given. After this experience, I started to heal and remember things. Prior to this experience my husband was called and told to come immediately, I was dying.
Date NDE Occurred: August 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I had broken both hips, both femurs, pelvis, all my ribs, had Acute Respiratory Distress (ARDS) and was on ventilator. I had flail chest, a splenectomy, fractured kidneys, open abdomen for three months, necrotizing pancreatitis, lacerated liver, septic shock, chest tubes, broken clavicle, broken tibia, fibula, humerus, shoulder, elbow, and a tracheotomy. [Editor's Note: A flail chest described a situation in which a portion of the rib cage is from the rest of the chest wall.] I coded five times. The doctors gave me a 5% chance of survival. All the doctors thought that I would never live or walk again. I was back to work in 10-1/2 months after accident, working full time as registered nurse. There are NO residual effects.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes See above
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After the experience, I could hear everything so clearly and Jesus was holding me in His arms.
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
I had no idea how long I had been in the hospital.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing was so clear and I heard everything.
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? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
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? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More involved
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian Raised Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I was raised Catholic & was a Christmas/Easter Christian prior to my experience. Now I am in Ministry @ my church & attend every week,study the Bible & read as many NdE experiences & books as I can
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became a much better nurse, mother, and person.
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 I was being held in arms that I perceived as being Jesus'. I saw only a red garment and arms, but felt completely at peace and safe.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes Jesus
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes When God wants you to come home or it is " your time" we will leave this world
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 existsÂ
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes Definitely know there is a God. I saw Jesus!!!
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 God is alive
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes To live life as fully as you can & God is the center
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably existsÂ
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes There is definitely a God& I am no longer claustrophobic or scared of death
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared 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? Yes I had no pain or remembrance of events prior to my NDE,even with all my operations& breaks
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes God loves us very much
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 Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes More compassionate and loving
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 Don't remember much from that time except that experience
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? Knowing how many people it affected.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About three months later
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 I didn't speak about it at first because I thought people would think I was crazy.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I have a relationship with my God today, I hear Him through a still, small voice and through other people and signs.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I was talking to another trauma patient and he told me the same thing happened to him.
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