Ep. #26 Knocking on Death’s Door: A COVID spiritual awakening w/ David Paris

David Paris is a seven time acrobatic dance champion and an America’s Got Talent finalist. He is the author of A COVID Story which documents his 30 days in medical coma and 88 days in the hospital. In this episode, David shares his remarkable story of spiritual transformation that took place as he came face-to-face with death after contracting COVID in 2020. We discuss some of his deeply impactful dreams and experiences that he had while in a medically-induced coma, his remarkably difficult recovery journey, and how facing death has changed his life for the better. David has made a tremendous recovery since then, and although he still is facing some physical difficulties, he is wonderfully optimistic and is sharing his story to inspire others. David’s story offers a unique insight into the human psyche and how our minds interpret and are affected by life-threatening circumstances. David recounts numerous dreams wherein he was faced with using all of his strength to fight for his life – to do whatever it took to survive. 

“I could not control having a deadly reaction to COVID-19. However, I could control what it meant to me. It was terrifying, but it was also an opportunity for rebirth and reassessment. I learned to appreciate the extraordinary work of my medical community. I learned to love my family and friends. And I learned to love myself for who I am and not who I think I need to be.”

– David Paris 

David Paris

David Paris is a seven time acrobatic dance champion and an America’s Got Talent finalist. He is the author of A COVID Story which documents his 30 days in medical coma and 88 days in the hospital.  He is also the author of Laughable Legends Vol. I & II and The Middle School Election series.  He is the director of Social Emotional Learning at M.S. 88 in Brooklyn, NY and is a trainer in NVC/Non-Violent Communication.  Paris has taught and performed in twenty-six countries and created thirteen instructional videos. 

Get a copy of David’s book: A COVID Story

A COVID STORY is an introspective memoir of an induced medical coma, a unique recovery process, and an amazing community that supported a patient’s second chance at life. 

This book offers support for survivors, insights for their caregivers, hope for those currently infected and their families; as well as persuasive evidence for those untouched by COVID’s deadly embrace.