Nurse gives emotional sweat lodge trial testimony

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 7:59 PM
Nurse gives emotional sweat lodge trial testimony

A woman pulled out of an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony says she surrendered to the possibility of death moments before she lost consciousness.

In emotional testimony Friday, Linda Andresano said the last words she thought were "it's a good day to die" and didn't care either way whether that happened.

The registered nurse was one of dozens of people who participated in the October 2009 ceremony led by self-help author James Arthur Ray. Three people died, and Ray has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Death was a theme of Ray's weeklong "Spiritual Warrior" event, but it wasn't meant literally, his attorneys and participants say. Ray encouraged participants to break through whatever was holding them back in life.

Andresano says she's participated in at least a dozen other sweat lodge ceremonies.