It was just another normal day in winter. My body is still weak from the recent surgery but recovering well.
As usual, with my son, we wake up early and go for a walk in the park on a wintry morning. Soon we get back home, had our breakfast and began our day. Had just underwent Brain Surgery last month but it seems I am recovering well. So even a small time spent with my families is sweet and treasured.
It was almost noon when I feel something was wrong with me. I told my wife to get help from neighbors and bring me to hospital. My wife called our neighbors. They rushed to our place but by the time they reached I remain unconscious.
They brought me to a hospital, they told. However, as I remain unconscious I remember none of the ordeals.
My wife told that they brought me first to Safdarjung Hospital, which is about 10 kilometers approx. from our residence. On being there, I was given some quick medication and was given oxygen through mask. But then, they had to rush me to GB Pant Hospital, which was about 11-12 kilometers from there. GB Pant Hospital was where I was operated on 14th December, 2016. On being there, I recovered in the Emergency Ward. But as for me, when I regained consciousness, I found myself waking up in the Intensive Care Unit, as they already shift me there.
All through the ambulance journeys, from our residence and my short stay at Safdarjung Hospital, to GB Pant Hospital, I knew or felt nothing as I was unconscious. These are my recollections base on what they told me:
During those hard and unconscious times, I knew I was there somewhere else, which was totally a different scene. I was there in the middle of the sky, up from the earth. There I saw a huge and brightly lighted home that slowly moves towards me. By the time it came close to me, a gently slope stairway with around 10-12 stairs came down by my side.
Then I saw a huge door, which was open for me. Inside that huge door was a place filled with light. The kind of brightness in that light was different. It must be full of the Tree of Life.* It was soft and never seen before light for me. That was a place of life. It seems to be full of oxygen. I very much wanted to go inside that door. There is this feeling that when I entered that door, I would started dancing and be “very much alive” there. This is the place where there would be no more death. My sickness would disappear. Everyone would jump and dance in joy, this is how I felt. The light, brightness, and the look of the place I find it hard to describe. I don’t know what to compare it with.
With great excitement, I put my left leg to go up the stairway. In that moment, I heard someone calling me from a very far off distance. I could barely hear her voice. But I recognized the voice was my wife’s. Though I saw no one from that huge door, it seems someone is there and watching me. I said, “Lord my wife and my children are still there. They will need me.”
So I turn back to find her. But then, when I look down, I saw her deep down there on earth. They are very far from me. She looked sad. She was there sitting in great distress. But it was dark around her and the place was filled with black dirt in comparison with what was before me.
That was when I felt I am back. All of a sudden, I knew that door and stairway are no longer there. That was the last thing I knew.
Back at the Hospital, my body was in severe pain when I regain my consciousness. I longed for that place where I had almost been, but to no avail. Many times I would say to myself, had I entered that door I would be very much alive and well. But now I have to fight the pain on my body again. However, all sickness and the pain was worth it as I catch a Glimpse of Heaven.
During this episode, I was there inside the Ambulance or either in the Hospital fighting for my life. In other words, it all happened when I was shift to different places in an ambulance or in a trolley.
But then I thank God to see the light of another day here with my family. Though it takes many days to recover from that, I am happy. That is a reminder of where we would be after we are done with our life here on earth. Now my father and my brother must be there spending time with our Savior.
In medical term, I underwent right Amygdalohippocampectomy on 14th December, 2015 to help cure my epileptic disorder, which I was fighting for more than nine years. On 19th January, 2016 an episode of Status epilepticus occurred, that lasted for so long.
I felt blessed and obliged to share this. Also, I feel humbled to have a glimpse of Heaven. All the prayers held for me are my lifeline now. I am happy to be alive to tell this to you.
More importantly, I feel blessed to be accepted as a citizen in the kingdom of God by the blood of Jesus Christ.
God bless you!
*Read Tree of Life (Genesis 3:24, Revelation 22:2)
Amygdalohippocampectomy: removing the amygdala, a surgical procedure
Status epilepticus: a dangerous life threatening condition in which epileptic fits follow one another without recovery of consciousness between them.
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