The Interview That Started It All

It is simply amazing how one story can make a tangible difference in the world. My name is Wesly Lapioli, and I’m the host of Prioritize Your Life. There is little I can say that would fully express my gratitude for this project and for everything that led up to the interview with my neighbor Scott Drummond. It was that interview that started the Prioritize Your Life project. His story of being pronounced dead for 20 minutes has brought comfort, hope, and direction to re-evaluate life to millions of people in the world.

I somehow knew that Scott’s story was special. I had a feeling before we ever shot the interview that his story would go on to help people. Yet, I knew very little before we hit record that day. I only knew that he had a near death experience and at one point he had been pronounced dead. Some will call this intuition, a gut feeling, or guidance from heaven. Whatever you may call it, I believe we are all entitled and able to receive this kind of direction. We just have to learn how to hear and follow those feelings. I’m grateful I didn’t give in to the inner voices telling me it was stupid to ask Scott to help him share his story.

In the 80's, Scott was pronounced dead for 20 minutes. What he saw and how it changed his life is a story that millions of people around the world have found peace and comfort in. This is Scott and Connie Drummond.
Scott and Connie Drummond – Scott was pronounced dead for 20 minutes in the 80’s

The Prioritize Your Life project is a calling that will now be a part of my life now for as long as I’m blessed to be here. I can’t explain how healing it is to my soul to be directly involved in something that is helping people all over the world. It is an answer to prayer and a dream come true.

For those of you out there that feel lost, for those that want to know what your life calling is, and how to finally close the gap so you can work in that calling, I truly understand. That explains the conflict of my life up until the year 2020 when everything in the world was turned upside down, but somehow created the perfect conditions to allow me to close that gap in my life. Also, as my dear friend and collaborator Clark Winegar discusses, don’t fall into the trap that you only have one calling.

Everyone has more to offer the world and talents to bless the lives of our loved ones than we often realize. Thus, thinking you only have one solitary thing you’re supposed to do is nothing but a trap. Also, often the calling in our lives can end up being different than we think, and we have to be open to adjusting and learning new things.

If I could go and talk with myself just a couple years in the past, and inform myself that I was going to be the host of a series with interviews that focuses on prioritizing our lives, my past self would giggle. My background in film is in comedy, and I’m a rock musician.

In fact, that interview with Scott was the second time I’ve ever interviewed anyone. The first was fifteen years prior when I recorded a chat I had with my Grandpa. My grandma had passed away when I was out of the country, and I was sad that my future kids would never know her. So I recorded an interview with my grandpa so we’d have some kind of video record of him.

I’ve been flattered with the comments thanking me and my style of interviewing as I am a true newbie in the interview world. I don’t know that I can call it style, but I know that I never want to get in the way of the story. My job is to create an environment where incredible stories can shine and only ask questions if it adds, not distracts.

Wesly Lapioli in the Pronounced Dead for 20 minutes Interview.

Before the interview my relationship with Scott was just that of the pleasant and casual neighbor hello’s and goodbye’s. A year or so prior to the interview, I was the MC for a neighborhood get together. I’m a complete idiot when I get in front of a crowd, but sometimes people enjoy the lunacy and laugh a little. Scott was one of just a couple neighbors that took the time to come up to me afterwards, and tell me he had a great night, and that I did a good job. It was clear that night that Scott was a kind and thoughtful person.

It was maybe 6 months later or so when I overheard Scott say something about being pronounced dead, and that it changed his life. That was the extent of what I knew. It took that long for me to build up the courage to ask Scott if I could help him share his story. I talk in a good amount of detail on all the amazing things that happened that led up to me asking him in this VIDEO.

Well, the day came, and my afternoon and with Scott Drummond was a unique experience that I’ll never forget. People have asked me why I would believe a story like Scott’s. One thing I can tell you is the feeling in the room that day was strong. A thick and strong feeling of peace permeated the room as he spoke. Just that feeling alone is enough evidence for me. I didn’t create it. It came with Scott and his story. I think he carries that peace and beauty with him wherever he goes. I also think it is one of the reasons why the video has done so well.

There have been many accounts of people being pronounced dead. But with Scott, you can just see and feel something from him. It was just me, Scott’s wife, and Clark running the cameras in the room that day. Yet, I think some of the feeling I felt that day has been felt in a degree to the millions of people watching.

When it ended I told Scott how I felt, and he just nodded his head and smiled. I almost wanted to say how much warmth and peace I was feeling as he spoke, but I didn’t want to detract from the interview. I’m glad I have the chance to communicate it here now.

One thing we discovered after releasing the interview was the name of the procedure that Scott underwent that day. It’s called Bier Block. It takes a skilled hand to manage it appropriately. One commenter on the video, aptly named, Leonardo DaVinci gives details:

Scott Drummond was pronounced dead for 20 minutes, in part due to a bier block that was incorrectly applied.

I have many friends that don’t believe in an afterlife, or in God. They are still my friends, and we can respect each other and still be buddies despite our different beliefs. As for me, I not only believe Scott’s story, I’ve had so many experiences in my life to lead me to believe in God, I know there is much more in store for each of us after this life than we realize.

I also believe the next life will be all the more beautiful if we can make the most of our time right now. Because of that, prioritizing our lives is of utmost importance. Let’s leave this life with very few regrets knowing we tried our best and we did the most we could with the time that we had! Let’s prioritize our lives!

I will continue to search the world to find stories to help us all focus in on what’s really important. Thank you for joining me on the ride! And thank you Scott for sharing your story and for your friendship.

13 thoughts on “Inside EP 1: Pronounced Dead for 20 Minutes – What He Saw and How it Changed His Life Forever

  1. I believe in God the Father, Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Sprite.He is my everything.I have many dreams that keep me stronger in my faith.I love Scott’s story and I know that it’s true.God is so great.Thank you!

  2. Dear Wesley, this is a wonderful piece you wrote. I too felt that strong feeling of peace while listening to Scott, energy coming through him from that marvellous elsewhere, yes. Thank you for sharing all this.

  3. I would like the opportunity to talk with Scott! I had a near death experience almost 4 years ago, but I never left my body. But as I was about to pass on, I felt an indescribable peace and felt that Jesus had wrapped his arms around me. My wife said I was in convulsions, but I never felt them.
    I have had the same peace about death now, that it will be glorious and peaceful. I tear up every time I hear the song, “I can only imagine”.

  4. I came across your story, because u have been watching Near Death Experiences, and watching those that talk about God.

    I just read everything you said, and I’m very impressed with everything. Thank you. I also feel we need to live our best life. I believe in God, I have done things in my past, I wish I had not done. But, I can’t change that,I try to live right now, ask God forgive to me.
    I look forward to hearing more of your stories.

  5. Thank you both!
    Thank Scott for sharing and thank you for getting this wonderful testimony out to us. Its these words that offer us all encouragement and reinforcement to what we already know.
    God has a purpose for all.
    Praise be to the Lord.


  6. Hey,
    I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the interview and no doubt, it left me with a number of questions that I’d appreciate asking no one other than Mr. Drummond, if at all possible.
    Kind regards to the team for setting up this interview.

  7. Wow! I lost a friend last year, her son had a memorial for her yesterday. I came home and was very depressed, thinking I wanted to talk with someone and knew it would not be the right thing for me to do. I sat and prayed for faith and some kind of know
    Ledge of death. I rather stumbled on this talk tonite and it helped me so much. I love your story and will continue on in what I have left of my life to become friends with death and not worry, and be kind.

  8. Thank you ! What you are doing (filming and sharing experiences of people that can help us understand the meaning of life) is of utter importance in these troubled times. Humanity, and especially our Western societies, have lost touch with what is essential, with each other, with Nature. If we are to continue our journey on this beautiful planet as a species, we need to reconnect with Love. Thank you for your kindness and energy.

  9. Scott got my attention almost as soon as he started talking. He had a presence about him that made him believable. The more he talked, the more peaceful I felt. I feel it was an angel that God sent to guide him. I am a 77yr old woman who has been a Catholic all my life, but I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum. I don’t fear death. I tell God that I’m ready when He’s ready to take me home. I do ask that He please spare me a violent passing.
    I want to thank you for the special work that you do. Blessings to you!💖

  10. As a Muslim I loved Scot’s story and believed almost each part of it. What he saw is exactly what Islam says will take place for good people after they die. The strong hand he saw is higher authority’s whether it is God or Allah. Religions came from one source and people have changed some parts in them.

  11. I watched; I listened; I understood; I believed; I am changed. Thank-you. I am assuming Scott is not using his experience to sell 5 million books and travel the world with his testimony as many ministers do. I watched three people’s spirits leave their bodies when they passed onto eternal life. My Father, my Mother and my Husband all went to Heaven and their home going was as unique as they were. God is amazing!

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