Jane Seymour's Near-Death Experience

When Jane Seymour was 36 years of age, she had a severe case of the flu and was given an injection of penicillin. She suffered an allergic reaction which led to a near-death experience.

"I realized you take nothing with you. After that, I also very clearly realized I never wanted to be in debt. So if I had to live on a lot less or I had to live on next to nothing, I would find a way to do that. I realized the only thing I took with me (or almost took with me) when I was passing through were my relationships. But all I wanted was to be able to raise my children and I wanted to feel that I had contributed in some way to the world. I wasn't sure how that was going to be, but I just wanted to come back and participate. I wasn't ready to leave yet.

"I had anaphylactic shock. It was from an injection I was given when I was playing Maria Callas in the Onassis film. I was in Spain. Routinely, there, when you have very severe bronchitis and they want to give you a major dose of antibiotic, they give it by injection. It was interesting because I remember I felt no pain. I felt no anxiety, but I did feel I needed to go back in that body.

"I literally left my body. I had this feeling that I could see myself on the bed, with people grouped around me. I remember them all trying to resuscitate me. I was above them, in the corner of the room looking down. I saw people putting needles in me, trying to hold me down, doing things. I remember my whole life flashing before my eyes, but I wasn’t thinking about winning Emmys or anything like that. The only thing I cared about was that I wanted to live because I did not want anyone else looking after my children. I was floating up there thinking, "No, I don’t want to die. I’m not ready to leave my kids." And that was when I said to God, "If you’re there, God, if you really exist and I survive, I will never take your name in vain again." Although I believe that I "died" for about thirty seconds, I can remember pleading with the doctor to bring me back. I was determined I wasn’t going to die."

Then Jane suddenly found herself back in her body.

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