Author Josie Varga writes about Rick's NDE, "Encircled by Weeds."
Many years later I recall my parents talking about the accident. My dad described that moment in detail. My dad and sister did not realize I had fallen into the water. Apparently, I fell in the lake in such a way that I made no splash. They never heard a thing. Once they realized I had fallen in my dad dove into the lake. But the lake water was very dark. He could not find me. After several attempts of searching he yelled at my sister to run to the cabin and go get help. He searched and searched coming up for air and back down again. No sign of me. Then he noticed something at the bottom of the dark lake that looked brownish white, my t-shirt. He swam down and pulled me up by my t-shirt. He tossed me onto the deck. My lifeless, cold pale body and dark blue lips lay upon the wooden deck. I was not breathing nor was there a pulse. This was before the day of CPR. He got up onto the deck threw me over his shoulder and ran up the hill and towards the cabin. As he was running water was pouring out of my mouth. He was met with frantic relatives as they put me in a hot shower and kept slapping my cold hard face. I guess everyone thought it was too late. Then at everyone’s amazement my eyes sprung open and I began crying. My family estimated the total time I was under water to I awoke in the shower to be approximately 13 minutes. How I managed to be without oxygen for so long and come back to life, I don’t know. But I can say, this NDE had an impact on my life course. I’ve known that life has no end since a very young age. To me, this experience was blessings.