May 1, 2013 reported here. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Days before Christmas, Don and Rita Houston were lost in the holiday shuffle. How quickly things can change. Rita awoke that night to discover her husband of more than a decade wasn’t breathing. She said, “He was just laying there. Nothing. No breathing. Nothing.” At the hospital, machines were the only thing keeping Don Houston’s heart beating. Doctors gave the family no hope he would ever regain consciousness.
Rita said, “A doctor came out and said there is no response. He’s not responding. I asked the ER doctor if we could go pray for him because I didn’t want to hear no more. He said yes we could. We went in and prayed.” The family made a prayer circle around their loved one; hands grasping onto faith and each other. Rita said, “We all prayed and prayed and prayed and God heard our prayers.” To everyone’s amazement, the 62-year-old man with a long history of heart trouble woke up. Don told us, “I never suspected I’d go to bed and die but I did.”
Don had a heavenly story to tell from the “other side.” He said, “I was suddenly in a large white room. It was just white. Everything was so surreal, so peaceful. It was not a dream. It was so real. I mean it was REAL. Angels were there. God spoke to me. It happened.” Don said he remembers a parade of angels and a bright room with two distinct doors.
Don claims he was escorted through the “door of second chances” and back to his grief-stricken family. “The angel said, ‘Don, come with me.’ We went through the doorway that she said and as soon as we went through that door I started hearing, ‘Don, Mr. Houston.’ It was the doctors and nurses.” Don said he believes he survived a massive heart attack for a divine purpose. This once quiet Christian is now telling everyone there is something more.
“I do know for a fact, there is something out there and you’re not alone. When you pass you’re not alone. There is something there to comfort you and help you along the way and they’ll lead you. You need to get God in your heart because you never know when you’re going to pass.”
May 1, 2013 Also reported here. A man whose heart stopped beating while he slept has claimed that he witnessed angels and spoke to God before miraculously waking up in hospital and recovering. Don Houston, 62, who has a history of heart trouble, shared his story after recovering from the serious illness just before Christmas last year. He said that while he was unconscious in an Oklahoma City hospital - with only machines keeping him breathing - he entered a white room before witnessing a parade of angels.
'It was just white,' he told KFOR. 'Everything was so surreal, so peaceful. It was not a dream. It was so real. I mean it was real. Angels were there. God spoke to me.' An angel showed him two doors and was escorted through the 'door of second chances', he said. 'The angel said, "Don, come with me",' he said. 'We went through the doorway that she said and as soon as we went through that door I started hearing, "Don, Mr. Houston." It was doctors and nurses.'
The vivid experience took place after his wife Rita awoke in the night by the sounds of his death rattle and found he was not breathing and that his tongue was sticking out, according Paramedics Plus. 'I never suspected I’d go to bed and die but I did,' Mr Houston told KFOR. Rita frantically called 911 and dispatchers gave her lifesaving CPR instructions over the phone. Paramedics Frankie Burch and Carey Crump rushed to the scene, where they needed to use a defibrillator on three occasions to stabilize Don's heartbeat. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition and taken to the intensive care unit - but doctors were uncertain if he would regain consciousness.
'A doctor came out and said there is no response,' Rita said. 'I asked the ER doctor if we could go pray for him because I didn't want to hear no more. He said yes we could. We went in and prayed.'But to everyone's shock, he awoke with the vivid story describing where he had been. Mr Houston, a Christian, said that he is now inspired to tell people there is life after death. 'I do know for a fact, there is something out there and you're not alone,' he said.