Biden’s new family member, Mary C. Neal, died in 1999 and went to heaven

And you thought Hunter Biden’s drug handlers took him on some out-of-body experiences!

The newest member of Joe Biden’s extended family believes she went to heaven in 1999 when she ‘drowned’ while kayaking – and said God’s pearly gates are so stunning she ‘didn’t want to come back to earth’.

President Joe Biden’s granddaughter – Hunter’s daughter – Naomi Biden will wed Peter Neal, whose mother is Dr. Mary C. Neal the author of “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of her Death.”

The #1 bestseller, released in 2011, tells the story of Neal, who “died” and came back to life while kayaking down a waterfall in Chile’s Fuy River.

Neal writes about being “pinned in the waterfall” and trying to escape, but the water was too strong.

“When I stopped feeling myself trying to breathe, I thought I was going to die,” she wrote in a chapter titled “Death on the River.”

The mother said dying felt “oddly blissful.” As the other people on the expedition rushed to find and rescue her, Neal said she had gone to heaven.

A photo of Naomi Biden and Peter Neal
Naomi Biden and her fiance Peter Neal are getting married at the White House on Sunday.
Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images

“It felt like I finally shed my heavy outer layer and freed my soul. I rose from the river and as my soul broke the surface of the water, I encountered a group of fifteen to twenty souls (human spirits sent by God) who greeted me with the most overwhelming joy I have ever experienced or could ever imagine.”

Neal said she was led into a “magnificent and brilliant hall” where she was so struck by the beauty that she did not want to return to Earth.

Photo by Mary Neal
dr Mary C. Neal has written a bestseller about how she miraculously got to heaven.
dr Mary Neal/Facebook

“Don’t get me wrong… I have been greatly blessed in my life and experienced great joy and love here on earth. I love my husband and I love each of my children with great intensity, and that love is returned. It’s just that God’s world is exponentially more colorful and intense,” she said.

“After my kayaking accident I experienced the sky up close. The heaven I experienced was so pure, full of love and great that I didn’t want to come back to earth.”

Meanwhile, as the people on the Chilean river tried to save their lives on Earth, Neal said she was upset.

Rescuers “begged me to come back and breathe, I felt compelled to return to my body and breathe one last time before returning to my journey,” she wrote. “It got annoying and I got quite irritated by her repeated calls.

“I knew they didn’t understand what was happening, but I was upset that they wouldn’t let me go,” she said of her desire to die.

Neal, a devout Christian, is a UCLA-trained orthopedic surgeon who was residing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the time of the incident. She said despite her medical training, she was certain that she was dead and, thanks to God, was brought back to life.

“I believe Jesus held me, comforted me and calmed me when I was drowning,” she said – but ultimately it wasn’t her time to go to heaven.

Mary C. Neal To Heaven and Back
dr Mary C. Neal’s To Heaven and Back became a New York Times bestseller.

After resuscitation, Neal said she was badly injured and had to take to the streets. Then “several young Chilean men appeared out of nowhere”, whom she later recognized as “angels on the river”.

“These young men were nowhere to be found after their accident,” she writes, “and the villagers had no idea who they might be.”

Neal returned to Wyoming after the incident, and doctors at the local hospital told her husband that she was likely to die. However, her congregation prayed for her and she persevered.

Neal wrote her memoir and a second book called 7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joyful Life. She was also featured on the Netflix show Surviving Death.

She did a Ted Talk about going to heaven and coming back, but it was later reported by the organization, which claimed it “appears outside of TEDx’s curatorial guidelines.”

“This lecture represents only the personal experiences of the speaker. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers,” the group clarified.

Neal is sure to be on the South Lawn of the White House on Wedding Saturday.

Naomi Biden, 28, is the daughter of Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle. Her parents divorced in 2017. She is named after the president’s firstborn daughter, who tragically died in a car accident with Biden’s first wife, Neila, in 1972.

She and her future husband are attorneys and live in the White House. Biden’s new family member, Mary C. Neal, died in 1999 and went to heaven


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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