Being doctor, Dr. Gerry Landry, 55, knew he was having a heart attack one day at home when he felt overwhelming fatigue and crushing pain in his chest.
He immediately alerted his wife who called an ambulance to take him to the hospital where he worked, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, according to God Reports.
"All I remember during the ride to the hospital was calling out the name of Jesus, over and over again," Landry recalled.
At the same Emergency Room where he had treated hundreds of patients, Landry found out that his inferior coronary artery had collapsed.
"The cold clamminess of my hands warned me of collapsing veins," he said. "Yet, the sweet presence of Jesus continued to enfold me with His peace."
Then his heart suddenly stopped beating.
"I became acutely aware of my spirit separating from my body and I died – pronounced 'clinically dead' at 4:13 p.m.," he said.
Immediately, he said he found himself in heaven.
"A multitude of radiantly beautiful people surrounded me. In spite of the crowd, I looked around and actually recognised some of my late relatives, as well as some historical figures who had preceded me a long time ago. We were in the Eternal Now, without past or future and I was perfectly at ease, full of joy," he said.
Then suddenly, he saw a shaft of light in the centre of the crowd, and lo and behold, he saw Jesus.
Landry said Jesus looked at him and told him, "Gerry, My peace be with you."
The doctor was stunned by the thought that out of the billions of people God created, Jesus knew his name!
"In that moment, for the first time, I understood the essence, the completeness, the fullness of the love of God!" he said.
Landry then felt Jesus' hand on his heart as He telepathically told him, "Gerry, you are healed. You will have no more pain, no anxiety, no shame, no guilt. I want you to go back. You'll be home from the hospital in one week. I want you to tell your family, your friends, your fellowships, everyone I will put you in contact with, about My love."
Then Landry sensed his spirit returning to his body. He later found out that his heart stopped beating for four minutes.
"Exactly as Jesus told me, one week later I was home and, to the amazement of my physicians, completely healed," he said.
Five weeks later, Landry resumed his work at the Texas hospital. "There, I shared Jesus' love with many critically ill patients and their families," he said.
He also traveled to many countries where he shared God's message of love and redemption.
However, on March 24, 1979—23 years after his heart attack and near death experience—Landry suffered a stroke and returned to heaven. This time he stayed there for good, according to God Reports.