We had an accident on the road. My husband was driving and it had just begun to rain. We drove through some deep water, the car slipped and we flipped three times. My child and I were thrown out of the car. My husband and my two other children were unharmed. Lalo, my son, had a broken leg and his stomach was pressing on his lungs. I had five broken ribs, a ruptured liver and my right arm was broken in several places. None of this put my life at risk but when I got to the hospital, they weighed me and found that my lungs were full of fluid.The most difficult part were the hospital tests: I fought to stay alive; I spoke with God and told him, 'Here I am Lord, You have me here, and whatever you want let that be your Will.' In that moment, I saw a dark void. I knew it was Him, and at the depth of the Void a sacred heart. He spoke to me and told me it wasn't going to be easy. I saw my children and the pain of the youngest one who would miss me terribly. I knew it wasn't easy but I kept fighting to live. I was out of my body, my whole hospital room was filled with religious statues and beyond my window, and I saw that there was a statue of Christ that was part of the hospital façade. Even though there were many nurses, I fixated only on one. Two male nurses who were there told me that the nurse I saw was not there - these male nurses came to check on me and fix the tubes that had not been placed properly in my body. I also saw another nurse outside my room who was praying for me. My decision and commitment to God to continue fighting for my life helped me to endure everything. I was terrified at the medical error happening, hearing was much more acute, I couldn't speak, only listen.I had to be very brave. I am now fully recovered. Yes, with scars and some minor problems, but I feel so good. I can say that I went through a period of depression, I prayed to God to be with Him. My depression was due to a lack of support and understanding from my husband. I wanted to separate from him but soon I felt embarrassed for wanting a divorce. He didn't try to calm me and he didn't understand my anger.But the most painful perhaps, is that I think I had met my soulmate. It's been ten years already. Although I think we recognize one another, we are both married with important family obligations. Therefore, we have decided, at least I have, not to foster any kind of relationship. The situation between us was so intense, that without even our having discussed it with one another, his wife became extremely jealous - she was my friend, and this made my husband aware. All we had to do was look at one another. I understand that I have to live my life as it is. I love my husband with his faults, I have my faults also, and I love my children and my parents. I thank God for giving me more than what I deserve and I am very happy about what I accomplished and what I love and what I have - and that is what I will focus on.Now I can tell everybody that being out of my body I know that we all have a soul, that God exists, He lives, the Virgin Mary, and that indeed that there are beings who come down to help us. Despite the difficulties of my accident, and for whomever placed all the religious artifacts around my room, these gave the atmosphere in my room a feeling of Peace that I cannot describe. God was looking after me, I cannot say more. When I couldn't sleep, the mantle of stars of the Virgin Mary touched my eyes so that I could rest. That there were people who knew about the accident and without even having any kind of strong relationships with them, they gave my husband religious medals, that there were people from whom I expected nothing, they prayed that I would recover from this accident, I feel very fortunate.
Date NDE Occurred: 26 de junio del 2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
We had an car accident on the road.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Still in hospital in intensive care, before moving to my room.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
When I was speaking with God. There was no time. After that, time went very slowly.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There were bouts of hallucinations, and fear.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Increase my hearing, and the noise the nurses were making in Intensive Care bothered me.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No But I knew that beyond the sacred heart was a wonderful countryside.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes When I left my body I spoke only with God, but soon spirits came and surrounded me in the hospital and they helped me get through the ordeal.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Ethereal, my soul alone with God.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control My life flashed quickly before me. I realized I had been a good person. That I didn't do any damage during the most difficult parts of my life. I always chose to do no harm, not even to myself, and I felt at peace that I was able to deal with temptations in a mature manner.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Not necessarily for this event. I always could tell what a person's intentions were. I could put together elements and draw conclusions of what might happen.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes If I had crossed that line, I would have gone to a place where there was light and in that light a green countryside.
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 was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes God does exist, the angels too along with higher beings, the Virgin Mary. Good beings exist and come to our aid; we all have a Guardian Angel. There also exists what we here call Heaven, we all should be thankful, take care of those who suffer, give thanks for our life, whatever is to be will be, all problems come to pass. Fighting for my life meant that I didn't want to leave yet.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes There are things that no longer interest me, like stress or fighting. Or arguing about little things.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Those three where I took control and tried to calm myself down so that I would not leave this life, as God promised me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Leaving the hospital I told my relatives. They were not unduly influenced, but they took in the information.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I know that you enter a tunnel because on three occasions I was very ill and my heart was racing and everything was spinning.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No Experiences, yes, like the frustration of not being able to get out of that accident.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? How we were before the event.
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