A Friend's Experience
Subject: PROOF OF NDE? I think I found it
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (SpeshialK)
Date: 22 Jun 1996 20:06:27 -0400
I just went to lunch with a very-troubled friend of mine. She actually
has been quite troubled ever since I 've known her. (about 4 years now)
We were having one of those "meaning of life" conversations, and it had
to me asking her about her views regarding THE BIG QUESTION, or if she
believes there is an afterlife or not.
Her response was, "Oh, I KNOW there is one."
I was a little shocked when she answered like that, because her regard for
life is not very high.
When I asked her how she knew. She had told me that during cancer surgery
about 5 years ago, she had flatlined for about 20 seconds and in a coma
for a few days. She had an NDE and was out her body at a time during the
surgery. Although it was very uneventful and brief. The events around
the experience are amazing.
She very nonchalantly told me about her viewing her surgery room, her
body, the number of people, watching them roll in a monitor, seeing them
try and jumpstart her heart, watching 2 doctors switch places, and
describing the operating room IN DETAIL which she never saw.
During her coma, she also saw her body while sitting in a "chair" with
a long tunnel above her. Needless to say, she didn't go in. She does
not know why.
I am a pretty large skeptic but not to the point of being ignorant and
blinded like most skeptics are. And believe me, I take everything THIS
girl says with an extra EXTRA large grain of salt.
But the problem her is, everything I described above about her surgery
was verified by the doctor, who, until she did describe the events to him,
thought she needed psychiatric help. When she described to him in detail
what she observed, this doctor's views have changed immensely about many
My beliefs of the veridicality of NDEs/OBEs has also strengthened
somewhat. I have never had the luxury of hearing a story like this first
hand, let alone a friend. I was truly, truly amazed. I have read
countless books, watched shows, have interviewed some people, I even
belong to IANDS, but it has never made an impact on me like this.
Let me tell you one thing; there is a big difference between reading about
NDEs in some book written by someone you don't know, who is writing about
someone THEY don't know, and actually hearing from a friend.
The only way I can get any closer to the NDE experience if I have one
myself, and I don't really care to! I suppose if I wanted, I could talk
to the doctor, but I swear, she damn near convinced me herself! And that's
not easy to do. I personally don't think it was a hallucination. There
was just too much detail that she hit right on that the doctor verified.
What do you think of this one? I would love to hear what you have to say.
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