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Brad's Experience

Experience description:   

In late December 1995, I developed a stomach virus that quickly became worse.  By the time I made it to the doctor a day or two later, I was extremely ill.  I had emergency surgery that evening for a perforated ulcer.  I developed peritonitis, sepsis, ARDS, and was on a ventilator.  I was transferred to Johns Hopkins from my local hospital. 

Shortly after being transferred to Hopkins, I became aware of my uncle near the doorway.  I didn't see him but I heard him and I felt his presence.  Somehow I knew he was dead (even though he was fine when I had entered the hospital a couple weeks before).  No one had to tell me; I simply knew it.  He was there to check on me.  I heard him speaking to several other people (beings?) but I didn't know who they were.  My uncle had an unmistakable voice; I knew it was him; and I felt his presence. 

In addition to that experience, later that day (or perhaps the next day) I had an experience of some sort of being (I'm calling it an angel) that came down and did something to my left knee - like he/she pulled something out of it.  Strange, because it was my right knee that had been drained for a septic infection, but they were clearly working on my left knee.  I mentioned it to my nurse later that day; and of course she looked at me very strangely and said no one had been in my room. 

My final experience was laying in bed, drifting in and out of consciousness, and being in a large green meadow with beautiful rolling hills.  The green was so bright, it was almost alive...very vibrant colors.  I don't really remember any people or angels there; just sort of floating through this beautiful meadow of rolling hills.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?         Yes     I had been transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital from my local hospital for further treatment for peritonitis and sepsis.  I was on a respirator.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?   Uncertain      Somewhat difficult.  But this was more of an "out of body" or "different level of consciousness" type of experience than a true NDE.  I wasn't clinically dead, but I did experience hearing/feeling my dead uncle's presence.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Less consciousness and alertness than normal    I was at my highest level of alertness after the experience was over.         I was very ill, recovering from a very serious infection (sepsis).  So I was on several very high powered antibiotics as well as pain killers.  Naturally those cause a different level of alertness.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.    Fairly normal.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.    Fairly normal.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?    Yes   While I was in this altered state of consciousness; I do clearly remember a man being brought into Hopkins that had been shot.  He had his entire family and doctors around him.  He did not survive, but there were others there to help him.  I wasn't actually in the same room with him, nor did I actually hear any of this with my own hearing.  This was definitely more of a situation that I simply knew - I sensed it, without actually seeing any of it.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Peaceful would have been the most common emotion.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?           No      

Did you see an unearthly light? 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    As I said in my previous statement, I did encounter some sort of angelic being when I was in my hospital room that had come to "work" on my left knee.  I clearly remember them pulling something out of my knee...almost like staples, or some sort of a substance.  Even though that particular knee didn't seem to have anything wrong with it.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?         Yes    My recently deceased uncle was at my doorway at Hopkins.  I didn't actually see him but I clearly heard him, and I heard him talking to others.

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?    No      

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?          Some unfamiliar and strange place            Very vibrant green rolling hills and meadow.  The green was so bright it almost seemed alive.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?     No      

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?            No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you come to a border or point of no return?       No      

Did scenes from the future come to you?       No      

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?        No      

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   Slight changes in my life             

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?   

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?    No    

Have you ever shared this experience with others?           

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes     I had read about NDE's.

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 at the current time: Experience was definitely real          

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No   

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

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?    Yes