My Comatose Experience

John Connor's Comatose Experience

I slipped into a comatose state in January of 2003 after suffering from a significant "brain-bleed." I was pronounced brain-dead at Florida Hospital North in Altamonte Springs, Florida on January 8th, 2003. With the most rapid intervention of my better-half, Kate, her mother and most significantly, her brother, Dr.Thomas Campbell (long distance from Colorado) I thank God for this... I was transferred to Florida Hospital South (a higher level hospital) within hours. I would be comatose for 30 days before awakening in my hospital room directly beside my good friend, Don Elderdice who coincidentally suffered from a brain aneurysm a week before my coma. He was induced into a coma to facilitate healing. We were both in comas at the same time in the same hospital beside each other with the same nurses and two brilliant doctors named Baker and St. Louis...

What I remember about my coma can be summarized in two words, those words are: wonderful journey. My experience began with a recollection of my life flashing back before me; yet my recollection did not stop at my birth it continued back before my birth, way back to a time and place that I can best describe as B.C. and ended with my arrival in an Eden-like place. I do not remember seeing a tunnel of light or bright light in front of me. Although my whole experience was bathed in bright natural sunlight.

I ended up at the base of a significant hill that was populated with millions of people of various ages (all though most were elderly), races and dispositions. I flew into this area and landed not unlike an airplane (although I wasn't on one). The mass of people seemed to be waiting; although I wasn't: I began to instinctively climb to the crest of the hill. I have no idea why the mass of people did not follow me. By the time I climbed to the rest I was alone.

At the crest of the hill I found two standing stones or rock pillars. I once again instinctively walked between the standing stones and was intercepted by two beings (I believe they were human although they were dressed in brown robes and there was no evidence that they had arms). They did communicate most effectively with me however, they were not moving their lips. Both spoke in unison and it was perfectly clear that I had no need to fear them. Both beings were dressed the same, in long brown robes with hoods. They were taller than me probably about 6 feet 4 inches. It was apparent that I knew them yet I could not place names to them (a most peculiar circumstance). Both conveyed a significant tranquility to their nature as they "interviewed" me. I should say they were discerning everything about me by being near me. They did have a significant calming effect to say the least. Once they had finished analyzing (discerning) all about me; it seemed they knew what I needed and began to perform the tasks to help me. They placed me in a massive tree that somehow had a healing effect on me (I have no idea of time-frame in this location). This treatment changed me significantly... My next recollection is their communication to me that I could stay or go back to my family and my existence. I believe they asked the question many times (although I am unsure...). I eventually communicated that I would like to go back and revealed the reason why (I believe it was in my heart sort-of-speak) to be with and assist my family and loved ones. They were content with this and i think they waved... My next memory was being in my hospital room with my wife and looking at her and saying; "Is it okay if I go back?" She significantly emotionally screamed John is awake! Was I really speaking to my wife, Kate or perhaps, just perhaps I was crossing-back over to here, right here as I spoke those most profound words?

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Emanate Presence 3 years ago from the Head to the Heart

Connorj,

Your description of the brown-robed beings 'blew me away.'

Kati and I both had experiences with brown-robed beings before we met each other in 2000.

Mine was an other-dimensional experience which came through a dream vision in the night. There were eight beings in hooded brown robes, and they transmitted eight symbolic designs to me, which I drew. The designs now illustrate my hubs. Kati had her experience as a vision in broad daylight.

Thank you for responding to my question on Dreams, which led me to your hub.


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azure_sky 3 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Upped + this one! I love to read about OBE's and visits to the "other" side...very interesting! I'll be back for more!


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dianetrotter 3 years ago from Fontana

Wow! I don't know what else to say.


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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

It sounds like quite an experience. I always wonder what I would do in that situation. It would be tempting to stay. Voted up.


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connorj 3 years ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Yes indeed, although the response I gave (I believe came from "my heart" and although, I cannot discern what I wanted to do while comatose; I believe our hearts do not fib)... Perhaps if I was a man in isolation without loved ones; indeed I would have ... (then again this brings to mind the qoute: "No man is an island")...


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youcanwin 3 years ago

You are lucky enough to get a second chance to come back and believe in God.


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connorj 3 years ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Yes indeed...


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

You wrote, "I was pronounced brain-dead at Florida Hospital North in Altamonte Springs, Florida on January 8th, 2003."

If you were brain dead that means you could not have been dreaming during the event. Is it possible you dreamed just before waking up? How long were you brain dead before waking up?

Thanks


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Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

If a person is actually brain dead, they do not recover. Although the heart beats, they are dead. Either the author made an error, or the doctors did.


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

By no means am I a medical expert so I can not properly argue your point; however, I was indeed pronounced brain dead at Florida Hospital Altamonte (it was written on a medical form) before my brother in law (a medical doctor) intervened by phone and they transferred me to Florida Hospital South where I was placed in a room beside my friend, Don whom was comatose too.


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Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Is it possible you dreamed this just before waking up? Is there anything verifiable in the experience?


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

I honestly must say I cannot conclude it happened quickly just prior to awakening or not. My "gut" feeling "tells" me otherwise; however, there is little proof. The totality of my experience suggests it was a journey of many days beginning with my life flashing before me and then going way back in time and space to that crowded hill. Then climbing and running into those beings. Being healed in an Eden-like place...


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Perhaps the fact that on the morning of the 4th day of being brain-dead after a rather large Orderly had been pounding me for some kind a response, he apparently observed some response from one of my toes. The attending Doctor Baker told my Better Half they decided not to turn "the machine" off and concluded that I had a chance of eventually awakening...


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Perhaps then this stems from day 4 to day 30 when I awakened?


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Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Do you remember any detail of your surroundings in the hospital which you could not have observed from your bed? If so, can it be verified?


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Jay,

By the time I got to Florida Hospital Altamonte I was already gone (brain dead). I did not slip away in the hospital. I collapsed into my coma at home and was transported to Florida Hospital and pronounced brain dead. Therefore, again not being an expert; although realizing I slipped away at home perhaps that may help you understand that my journey began before hospital arrival...


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Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

OK, my question is about any details you perceived, NOT OF YOUR FIVE SENSES. If you observed something unusual in the hospital or surrounding, as in an out of body experience, perhaps it can be verified.


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

My only recollection was my life passing before me; however, I kept going back before my birth ( like i was traveling back in time and to another place). I ended up at the bottom of a big hill, with approx. a million people all around. As I came to this place it was like flew in similar to an airplane (gradual sloped landing; although there was not an airplane). I instinctively began to climb to the hill-crest eventually without any followers by the time I reached the top. There were 2 standing stones, as I went between them it was different on the other side. It was Eden - like, forested, natural, almost like a place where "man" had not been. That is when I ran into those 2' beings in brown robes... Interestingly when I awakened from my coma I spoke to my wife and said, "is it ok if I go back"...


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Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

So, nothing in your story is verifiable. It could have just been a dream.

I read of a NDE where a woman left her body, floated up though the ceiling of the hospital and saw a shoe or sneaker on the outside ledge of the building several stories up. The woman told her doctor of the sneaker and he looked and found it. The shoe was in the position the woman described. That is verification by a reliable source.


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Yes indeed it could have been a dream; perhaps though, one should remember "dreams" serve us with information on occasion. I direct you to a hub I wrote awhile ago, titled , The Beginning: Boreal Premonition...


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

If I may add it was investigated and labeled as a Probable Near Death Experience and is posted on some website with others... I apologize I have forgotten the link and name of the organization...


Jay C OBrien profile image

Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Yes, dreams serve us with information from our subconscious minds. That is another topic, but interesting. Are you into dream analysis (Jung)?


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connorj 24 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

No I cannot say I am...


Jay C OBrien profile image

Jay C OBrien 24 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Dream interpretation is an interesting subject, but off topic here. Briefly your subconscious mind communicates in symbols. You are everyone in your dream. Scientific and musical achievements have been made by paying attention to dreams. You communicate with your higher self.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I am speechless, glad that you are back


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connorj 21 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Thank you, Peachpurple! I am also happy to be back...


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Best of Aying 21 months ago from Philippines

You are so blessed to be given a second life by our God, Connorj. I believe that it is for a special reason. Continue to be blessed in order to be a blessing to others!


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connorj 21 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

Yes indeed; I am working for Him...


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL

Wow, what a journey you had at Florida Hospital South! Glad to hear you made it back to the other side. My husband and I frequent FL South for his cancer treatment. We prefer FL East for labs, tests and treatments. It's a smaller hospital and much more friendlier.


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connorj 19 months ago from Altamonte Springs Author

I understand what you are texting, Florida South is a higher level hospital yet it is too big and seems overwhelming at times. Florida South handles comatose etc.

We live near Florida Hospital Altamonte and indeed testing, labs an some treatments are more easily accomplished at Altamonte. My daughter, a fitness nazi was in Altamonte for 2 weeks with Rhabdomyolysis and it was top - notch for her recovery...


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Jay C OBrien 19 months ago from Houston, TX USA

There is a book I have begun, "Near-Death Experiences the rest of the story," by P.M.H. Atwater 2011. Ya'll may be interested.


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TIMETRAVELER2 15 months ago

What an amazing story! It supports the belief I have had for years that death definitely is not the end. Thanks for sharing this one, and I'm glad you made it back to us. Voted up.

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