I was suddenly no longer in the hospital, but somewhere much further away, in a large white room with people I knew, though I can't recall who they were.
Moira Drury, a former nursing sister, came close to death when she was
the victim of an attack with a seven-pound hammer.
The attack left her with a depressed fracture of the skull, plus other fractures and bruises. 'I lost half my brain,' said Mrs Drury, 'and when I was taken into casualty at the hospital, nobody thought I would live.'
She found herself out of her body, looking down on the doctors and nurses trying to save her. 'The consultant said: "Leave it. If she lives, she'll only be a vegetable." Then they drew the sheet over my face as a mark of respect.
'An hour or so afterwards, I was told later, a young student nurse came to collect me, but noticed that I was still breathing and whipped me into one of the wards.
'I was suddenly no longer in the hospital, but somewhere much further away, in a large white room with people I knew, though I can't recall who they were. There were about eight of them and they wanted me to stop fighting and stay. However, I was desperate to get back.
'This was 11 years ago, my three children were still very small, and I wondered who would look after them. These people told me I could do everything from up there.
'One man did most of the talking. All I can remember of his face was his clear, bright eyes. I was warned of the disabilities I'd have to overcome, but they all assured me they would give me support. It sounds as if I was arguing with them, whereas we were talking very peacefully.
'I was telling them all the naughty things I had done - the fibs I'd told. But they said those things weren't really naughty. They also reminded me of the good things I'd done.
'When I regained consciousness four days later, I knew exactly what had happened. I'm still partly paralysed down my right side.
'But I've also gained far more from that experience than I lost. Before, I was lousy in my judgment of people. Now I'm invariably spot-on. And I'm not the least bit afraid of dying.'