When I was five years old, a friend and I were playing out behind our homes. I was climbing a tree while my friend watched. I slipped, lost my footing, and my neck became lodged in a crotch of the tree. I was hanging by my neck. My little friend watched as I struggled, lost consciousness and my body became limp. Thinking I was angry with him because I could not answer his questions, he began to walk home where he encountered my mother. 'Davey won't talk to me,' he said. He led my mother to the area where we were playing and my mother saw my limp body hanging in the tree. Her screams brought my father running to the scene. He climbed the tree and brought me down. He noticed I was not breathing and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. While he was doing so, my mother called an ambulance as well as our family doctor. The doctor arrived within about 15 minutes as my father was still performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The doctor and ambulance personnel took over from my dad and transported me to the hospital, about seven miles away. I was unconscious in an oxygen tent for five days. All I remember is waking up. I do remember that clearly, as if it were yesterday. My parents were sitting by my bedside. They asked me something along the lines of, 'where have you been?' I replied that I had been with 'Grandma Lee.' I told my parents that she had taken care of me the past few days and that I had spent all of my time with her. 'Grandma Lee' was my great grandmother who had passed away two years earlier.I woke up early that morning. Earlier in the morning, while it was still dark, my mother had gone home to get some rest. She was awakened by the sound of my voice. It was then that she received a phone call from the hospital that I was beginning to come around. Again, the only memory I have is waking up in the hospital; that memory is as fresh as if it happened last week. I have no memory of the NDE or the accident. My parents told me that I had told them about being with Grandma for five days and that I had described my visit with her in great detail.
Date NDE Occurred: March 1956
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 See above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? See above.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 My great grandmother.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was a beautiful meadow with beautiful flowers.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt happiness and contentment since I was with my great grandmother.
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
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I was told I reported being with my grandmother (deceased) and that I was quite happy about it.
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain
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 saw and heard my great grandmother. She held me in her lap.
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.)? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain
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? Uncertain
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? Uncertain
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
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? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Uncertain
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life I began having precognitive dreams. Not often, but periodically. Clear visions of events that later happened, mostly involving aviation accidents that would later show up in the newspapers. My mother and I seemed to have a psychic bond and could finish one another's sentences. I became a bit of a loner when it came to wanting to play with other children.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Uncertain
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 do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have precognitive dreams and an enhanced ability to know what other people are thinking.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My parents.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real I do not remember the experience. My parents told me what I reported to them. They felt I was enthusiastic about my experience with my grandmother and that it was real to me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain I have out-of-body experiences while sleeping or, if they are not true OBEs, they are amazingly realistic dreams. During these OBSs or OBE-like dreams, my senses are more acute as I fly wherever I want to go. They are incredibly serene and blissful experiences.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? The accident is verifiable. Since I do not recall the NDE, I have to go by what my parents told me about it. Since this happened in 1956, long before NDEs were commonly discussed, my parents could not have made it up. They were amazed by my story and related it to me a few years later. They were not the type to make up stories.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Continue to research NDEs. My parents are both deceased. I am 61 and in poor health. I find NDE stories very comforting and I spend a great deal of my time reading them and reading about heaven.
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