I was hit by a car and thrown in front of another, my best friend was also struck in the head. I remember hearing her yelling, and mumbling words. She seemed scared and confused, so I got in the ambulance with her, when I looked at her, her face and head were vibrating really fast, so I held her hand, and she calmed down. I remember getting to the hospital together in the ambulance, we were inseparable best friends I wanting her to be ok. I then woke up on the ground with a Dallas police officer kneeling beside me. I could see everyone from my family and neighborhood there crying looking at me. I remember going into surgery and them putting tubes in me. My friend was released from the hospital two days later; I was there for three months. I died several times.I asked my brother a couple of years ago did he remember hearing Karen's (my best friend) screams and me getting in the ambulance with her. He said they took Karen to the hospital before me, the policeman was trying to revive me, they didn't think I was going to make it. Both legs were broke I had internal bleeding, lungs collapsed, liver and colon squashed, broken ribs and just in terrible shape. I never told anyone what I had experienced; I just remember that's what happened. I know I couldn't have walked to the ambulance to check on my friend, but I was there with her.
Date NDE Occurred: Sept 13 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Before surgery, after being struck by the cars and before surgery.
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
There's no such thing as space or time outside of the body.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Thoughts without words, calm and not hearing anything but more aware. I felt everyone's pain and fear, and even the rush to save my life, by the doctors, but I was completely calm and unafraid.
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
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? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm i left my body, i saw what my girl friend was experiencing from her injury
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, helpless.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
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? Everything about the universe
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? Scenes from the world's future
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? Conservative/fundamentalist none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist none
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 I knew what everyone was feeling.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I've never hated anyone, I can't imagine hurting anyone. Some people never look outside the physical self.
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? Uncertain I was ten years old and was very aware life was more than my physical self.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? This accident changed my life, I was going down the wrong road at such a young age, it slowed me down. I look at my scars and I understand why. Kids back then did drugs, sex. I was in a wheelchair.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I talked to my boyfriend in depth about all my experiences, past seven years.
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 months later, I was home, everyone was back to normal, but I was changed forever. I didn't talk about it. I believe everyone has an experience that they don't talk about much. I've been through everything; I know more than I can understand in depth.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I believe we have the ability to protect ourselves, in spirit, life has no end, and no beginning. We're here because we choose to be, love is all we desire, and I love my family and friends. What happened to me happens every day.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I'm glad people are talking about their experiences, I think as a race we are learning more about ourselves.
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