My team of intensive-care unit physicians and nurses had just resuscitated him after he had been trapped in the back seat of his family’s car after it flipped over a guardrail and plunged into icy cold waters. He was underwater for over 45 minutes, yet made a complete recovery.
He told me that during the time that we thought he was dead, he was going through a “huge noodle” to heaven. Then he scrunched up his face and had a weird look as he said, “Well, it couldn’t have been a noodle, it must have been a tunnel because noodles don’t have rainbows in them. He again said, “But was it real? Because if (what happened to me) was real, then you have to tell all the old people!"
In this drawing, young Jamie drew a picture of her NDE. She described how she was "out of her body" and looking down at herself. The child's illustration accurately depicts the details of the operation--such as my wearing headgear with a light attached-- that she simply could not have known otherwise.
Melvin was voted by his peers as one of "America's Best Doctors" in 1997–1998, 2001–2002, and 2005–2006. He has published numerous scientific articles in medical journals over the course of his thirty-year career as well as a number of bestselling books, including his best known Closer to the Light.Morse has appeared on radio and television programs to discuss his extensive research on near-death experiences in children.
Morse practiced pediatrics in Renton, Washington for 20 years. He retired from the full-time practice of Pediatrics in 2006. In 2007, Morse became the Research Director of the Institute for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ISSC) founded by Charles Tart in 1979. While Director of ISSC, he was awarded the Warcollier International Prize for consciousness research in 2011.
Melvin has written five books Closer to the Light,Transformed by the Light, and Parting Visions, Where God Lives and he co-authored Spiritual Sight with psychic medium Isabelle Chauffeton Saavedra. He is currently doing research into the applications of intuition to the medical field using an approach he calls applied remote viewing.