OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (CBS Houston) — A man who suffered a heart attack and was kept alive by machines says God spoke to him while he was unconscious.

KFOR-TV reports 62-year-old Don Houston stopped breathing days before Christmas after suffering a massive heart attack in his sleep.

Doctors told the Houston family that there was no chance he would regain consciousness. That’s when Rita Houston, Don’s wife, began a family prayer circle as his bedside.

“We all prayed and prayed and prayed and God heard our prayers,” she told KFOR. Her husband woke up shortly after.

Don Houston says it was while he was unconscious that he saw angels and spoke to God.

“I was suddenly in a large white room. It was just white. Everything was so surreal, so peaceful,” he told KFOR. “It was not a dream. It was so real. I mean it was real. Angels were there. God spoke to me. It happened.

Don Houston said a “parade of angels” escorted him through the “door of second chances.”

“The angel said, ‘Don, come with me,’” he told KFOR. “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 Houston wouldn’t have been able to tell his story if not for Oklahoma City paramedics that kept him alive on the way to the hospital. Paramedic Plus reports medics had to use a defibrillator on him three times to stabilize his heartbeat.

Don Houston says that after this experience he doesn’t doubt the existence of God and heaven.

“I do know for a fact, there is something out there and you’re not alone,” he told KFOR. “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.”


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