James P's Experience

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Experience description:   

After the surgery for traumatic brain injury, the doctors put me into a coma for a couple weeks to help give my body time to heal.  During this time, I thought I woke up to see the person in the bed to my right die.  After I recovered, and started to ask questions about his death, the doctors and nurses insisted that I could not possibly have remembered this.  It seems as though I was standing beside my bed looking over top of myself towards the person in the next bed down from me.  The nurses all of a sudden came to his bed in a hurry.  The first one there tried frantically to recover him, but it didn't work.  A lot of other nurses surrounded his bed and did a lot of stuff to him as well, but he died. 

When this happened, I can remember seeing some sort of fog, or cloud come directly up from his body and leave the room.  I knew right at that time he had died, because of what it felt like.  I could not hear any sounds during this event, but I can still remember all of the feelings.  The nurses had a distraught anxious feeling during this time.  The older nurse seemed to be consoling the other nurses, by that I mean she seemed to give the other nurses the idea that this happens in the I.C.U, but we are here to save the ones we can.  This event has changed my life.  I think it taught me how to FEEL more than I ever had before.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     Uncertain            I was in an Induced coma at the time

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It's hard to believe that I can remember anything during a coma.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     After an accident, I ended up with severe Traumatic Brain Injury. I had to undergo Brain surgery to repair some damaged areas.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Coma

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Too real to be a dream,

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was over top looking down

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Mostly confusion, but then there was sorrow for the other man.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No sounds only feelings

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     the hospital staff, and the man who died

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I asked the nurses and my wife, and they all confirmed the other man's death.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I could only see what happened, and feel the emotions in the room.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes            Only by seeing the cloud of fog leaving his body. I'm guessing that this was a spirit of a person going to wherever it was supposed to.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No      

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?
   Uncertain      IT seems that I have the ability to know what other people want, or are feeling now.  I have not experimented with it though.  I just let life go on as it should.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I believe now, without a doubt, there is something after death.  I just don't know where, or what it is..

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It has brought me closer to my religious beliefs.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Mostly the few people I share this with seem to doubt me.  Probably because they know how bad a shape I was in at the time. I, however, know what is real and what is not.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was too busy trying to begin the recovery stage of my accident to think too much about other stuff.  Now, looking back, I guess that it was a real eye-opener.  I used to doubt anything could be after death.  Now I believe there is something after death, I'm just not sure what.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was to have the proof of the after events of death.  The worst part of the experience was that someone had died.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes     There is more to tell of this story, but I think that you have enough to get the idea of what happened.