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People Who Survived Horrible Accidents Share Stories About Their Near Death Experiences

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It’snot something anybody wants to experience in their lives, but unfortunately, accidents, collisions and other near death experiences strike when you least expect it.

Death is an inevitable part of life and for some people it comes far too quickly. Some of us don’t need reminders of our limited time on this planet, but every so often something happens that snaps us back to reality, that anything could change at a moment’s notice.  Regardless of your faith, scientific knowledge, or beliefs, nobody quite knows what happens after death. We have some data to back this up, but when it comes to first hand experience, the results vary from person to person. Some experience nothing but total darkness, and silence, but others experience an almost prophetic, life-changing contact with life-beyond.

Several Reddit users got together to share their experiences, and document what it is like to go through something like this. Hopefully, it also serves as a reminder to cherish every moment, for you never know when it could be your last.

1. Serene Déjà vuI had a near death experience where I was ejected from a car. When I regained consciousness, a man came to me and told me everyone survived.  He came before any of the paramedics arrived, but the craziest part was that he had given me the most powerful sensation of déjà vu I’ve ever had. Maybe I hit my head too hard. (Reddit user: Almurk)

2. Drowning in Mexico: When I was twelve I drowned in the gulf of Mexico. I was out pretty far from my family and the current pulled me into a rip. I wore myself out swimming and I remember struggling to breathe. Then, I took a big breath of water and everything stopped. The only way I can describe it is like being at a state of ‘zero.’ I wasn’t scared of excited. I was just zero. My mother swam out, pulled me to shore, and gave me CPR until I coughed up water.   (Reddit user: MagiDidymusJames)

3. Stung by Wasps: I got stung by a nest of wasps next door to my home. They stung me all over my head, neck and ears, in total it was 39 stings. I ran home and thought I was cool. I told my mom but I thought I was okay. I decided to take a shower. In the shower I got dizzy. Then when I was done I got dizzier and dizzier. Finally my mom looked panicked, drove me to the hospital where I blacked out. I remember thinking I didn’t care and “I guess whatever happens, happens.” When I came to the doctor said I’d be fine and that I wouldn’t have to miss school the next day. (Reddit user: CDC_)

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4. Too Much To Drink: When I was 14 years old, I drank way too [EXPLETIVE] much. I woke up on the bathroom floor vomiting my guts out, and slipped in and out of consciousness. I could faintly hear my brother calling for an ambulance. I woke up in the hospital bed where the doctor said I had been dead for 2 minutes, but they managed to revive me. My blood alcohol level was at 0.56! In my experience, being dead was like being asleep. Absolutely no difference. (Reddit user: z91x)

5. Seeing Lights: I was in a serious car accident. I was hit by a drunk driver a week before my high school graduation. Without going into the gory details, I lost so much blood they declared me dead. I don’t remember much, except for the rescue workers extracting me from my car and a tree. I woke up three weeks later. I do remember feeling very warm and seeing lights. I always believed it was due to medications and moving between areas, but I’m open to otherworldly suggestions. (Reddit user: deag_bullet)

6. Motorcycle Blackout: Nobody knows if i was properly dead or just unconscious, but I was in a motorbike accident two months ago. I don’t remember anything from 30 minutes before the accident and some time after. My friend found me with no pulse and I wasn’t breathing. I just just stiff. He started up CPR and I started breathing again. For me it was like a blackout. No dreams or visions. Just nothing. I was confused when I woke up and asked over 10 times what happened. (Reddit user: Rullknufs)

7. My Aunt’s Seizures: My aunt suffered from chronic seizures that made her pass out. One day, she had one when no one was around and was later found by my grandmother. My aunt explained that she was in a bright hallway. She wandered aimlessly through it until she found a door, but it was locked. She tried to open it, even kicking it, but it wouldn’t budge. She turned around and the hallway was gone, replaced by the ER. She went back and found her body, and woke up. Sadly, she passed away recently. We like to think the door finally opened for her. (Reddit user: deleted)

8. A Really Bad Food Allergy: I had an allergic reaction to something I ate and passed out as I was splashing water on my face. At some point my heart stopped beating and it was restarted while I was in an ambulance. I remember a feeling of getting sucked backwards, extremely slowly, like being pulled through water. At one point I faded back in and was staring out at a garden. It had patchy grass, and a merry-go-round with two children. I felt like I could have stayed there or gone back. I snapped back into my body and woke up. My heart stopped for 6 minutes. (Reddit user: IDiedForABit)

9. Risky Surgery: I had a surgery and was told I lost half the blood in my body. The only thing I remember was seeing an intense brightness that did not hurt, and hearing the most reassuring male voice say “you are not going to die” and then a panicked female voice say “we need blood now!” I woke up three days later and have no member of time in between. Whatever happened in that time, it was just the warmest most peaceful sensation. (Reddit user: Stepupnowornever)

10. The Trampoline Accident: When I was 12 I fell off a trampoline. Not too dramatic, but there was a stake in the ground which went right through me. I lost a lot of blood and was dead for 3 minutes before I was revived. Being dead is comfy. I felt like I was becoming one with the universe, and like some great force was drawing me into warmth and light. There’s no pain when you’re dead. (Reddit user: AskMeAboutMyBandcamp)

11. My Cousin Poisoned Me: My cousin put cyanide in my food. Long story short I died. I floated back through the center of my brain and I was looking down at my body from above. Somebody was holding me in place so I couldn’t focus on the world around me. I was told I had to go back. Time didn’t exist. (Reddit user: deleted)

12. Falling off a Cliff: My friend went hiking with his family and fell a few feet off a cliff and hit the back of his head on a rock. When they arrived at the hospital he was pronounced dead. They started to unplug him when he woke up, and they scrambled to revive him. He was gone for 7 minutes. He said he heard a sound like if someone snapped their fingers next to his ear and then he woke up. (Reddit user: Valahtheil)

13. I Remember Nothing: I was in a car accident about 10 years ago, it was a rollover. I was not driving. I ended up flat lining and being transported via helicopter to a hospital and they put me into a medically induced coma. I remember nothing and to this day, I have absolutely zero memory of the accident. I don’t even remember dreaming. (Reddit user: Endlessouroboros)

14. The White Light: My father-in-law went into septic shock in the Emergency Room. His heart had stopped, and during that time he experienced that cliche “going towards a white light” at the end of which he found himself in a white waiting room. The feeling of peace just totally washed over him. (Reddit user: Skywarp 79)

15. A Bad Cocussion: When I was six I died. I suffered a concussion because I hit my head and didn’t realize it. I went to sleep. After waking up with loss of vision, I lost consciousness and woke up in an ambulance only seeing the light of the ceiling. My dad told me this was the second hospital they were taking me to which was more specialized. I felt like I was sleeping, but nothing happened. (Reddit user: davepani)

16.  Hit By A Car: I got hit by a car on the highway riding my bike. Thankfully the guy stopped and called 911. I got to the hospital and had a seizure and my heart stopped for a few minutes. To be honest, I’m glad I had the experience. I drifted in and out, and I felt absolutely no pain. Once I “died” it was the best feeling I’ve ever had. I’m not scared of death anymore. (Reddit user: Nuevoscala)

17. Visit from Grandpa: I was in an accident when I was 17. I was driving and was hit on the driver’s side. I’m pretty sure I died for a few minutes. I remember being at a stop sign and the next thing I knew I was in a smoking car with blood pouring from my arm and glass everywhere. I saw my grandpa (who died the previous year) sitting in a white room. When I woke up, it was like waking up in the morning and realizing you’ll be late for work. (Reddit user: notstephanie)

18. Fall off the Roof: Around 8 years ago I fell off my roof and broke my neck. I was anoxic for close to 10 minutes. For almost an entire day, during my recovery I was brain dead. My memories are fuzzy, but I remember feeling quiet peacefulness. (Reddit user: danmanne)

19. Killer Energy Drinks: When I was 13 years old, energy drinks were the norm. I bought two huge cans and drank both as fast as possible at the request for a laugh. I ended up feeling dizzy and ran through town our of fear. I started seeing stars and my vision went. Turns out I collapsed in the middle of town, woke up in an ambulance and doctors had to use the defibrillator. I remember fuzziness and voices. Then it was all black. (Reddit user: Butchar)

20. Struck By Lightning… Almost: When I was 16 a big storm was barreling down on our house, so we did our best to prepare for it. We were closing windows and unplugging electronics. Last thing I remember I was reaching for the plug for our TV, and seeing a white/blue light. Next thing I knew, my grandmother had her hands on my chest and looked grave. Lightning hit our TV antenna and traveled down through the wall plug. I can still close my eyes and see the light. (Reddit user: OITLinebacker)

21. The Asthma Attack: When I was 8 I had a bad asthma attack that resulted in my heart stopping and they had to perform CPR. I guess due to the lack of oxygen I couldn’t formulate my thought or memory. My body wanted to give up. What I remember about the whole thing was the thought of how devastated my parents would be. (Reddit user: Moss96)

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22. Hit By A Semi-Truck: I was clipped from behind by a semi while riding my motorcycle. All I remember was seeing blue and black before waking up. The mind only lets you remember what it wants to remember. There was no pain, even lying in the ditch after as paramedics braced my head. (Reddit user: elciddog84)

23. My Grandfather’s Story: Back in the 70s my Grandfather had a car accident. He died twice in the hospital, and they told my grandmother that they had lost him. But he came around, and said that death was nothing to be afraid of a dn that it was like a dream heading toward a white light. (Reddit user: ceej18) 

24. Nut Allergy: When I was 19, I was attending my neighbour’s birthday party. They had a lot of desserts out, and I was always very careful not to eat anything with peanuts. I asked if there were any nuts in the cookie, and they said no. Turns out it had white macadamia nuts and I went into anaphylactic shock. When I came to, I was in the hospital. They had injected me with three Epipens, and put me on a special anti-histamine drip. I was told that I died momentarily and they had to resuscitate me. I remember following a white light, and seeing my dog that had died. It was a lovely feeling. I’m no longer afraid of dying. (Reddit user: deleted)

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