Near-death experience in a boy undergoing uneventful elective surgery under general anesthesia

Paediatr Anaesth. 2006 Jan;16(1):85-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9592.2005.01607.x.


Near-death experience (NDE) is a complex subjective experience, which may include affective elements such as a sense of peacefulness, paranormal components such as a sensation of floating out of the body, and a perception of being in a dark tunnel and seeing a brilliant light. It is usually reported to occur in association with a wide range of life-threatening situations, as for instance, cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We report on an episode of NDE that occurred in a 12-year-old boy who underwent a general anesthesia for an elective uncomplicated surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first case of NDE in a child that has been reported in this context.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General*
  • Anesthetics, Intravenous*
  • Child
  • Death*
  • Elective Surgical Procedures
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Propofol*


  • Anesthetics, Intravenous
  • Propofol