Experience Description

Drank thirty plus cups of coffee on empty stomach from 7 am to 7 pm. While driving home, esophagus ruptured dumping coffee into chest cavity. Lungs collapsed. Mitral valve pushed backward and heart stopped.

I was hovering about thirty feet into air when two guys in baseball uniforms pulled over and took me out of car and placed me in the back of their pickup truck. One of them gave me CPR while the other one drove to hospital. Hospital attendants came out to truck and put me on gurney. As the gurney went into the emergency room, my perspective was still about thirty feet above. I was one or two floors above my body looking down on the emergency room staff trying to resuscitate me. I recall all instructions of the doctor, color of nurses' hair, names of the people who were given instructions. They used the paddles before they figured out I had coffee in my chest. They made two incisions and stuck tubes in my chest. Coffee was draining out onto the floor. Additional procedures were performed before the paddles restarted my heart. When this happened, my recollection ends.

Use this information wisely. A lady at my office was reading a book called ‘The Experience of Dying’. A couple of months after my OBE, she and I talked about it. She committed suicide days later.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: March 29, 1979

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Lungs collapsed mitral valve imploded. Clinical death My heart stopped. Ran car off road. Passersby stopped, put me back of truck and began CPR.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Vision only. No sense of anything else.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Do you remember the old superman movies where superman looked through walls? When I entered the hospital, my perspective saw through one or two floors of steel, concrete and pipes as I looked down on the emergency room.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Just the audio of the emergency room staff.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? 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? None.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

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:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes After asking my priest to help me understand what happened, he said I had a greater awareness about ‘spirit’ than he did. Disgusted with his answer, I left the Catholic church.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes My discernment about spoken lies from others, people in distress and even sounds which seem like other people's thoughts occasionally prompt me to call them on the phone or to pray for them.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best-Reevaluated my priorities. Ate more regularly. Stopped drinking coffee. Worst-The coworker who committed suicide.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The topic usually arises because someone else is either drinking too much coffee, they are undergoing some chronic illness treatment or they have had a similar experience. I rarely initiate this topic.

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