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Dead Boy Returns From Afterlife to Tell His Mom About Heaven

Eight-year-old Landon and his parents were driving home from church when their car was crushed in a car crash. Landon's dad died at the scene, and so did Landon -twice. He was brought back to life and told his mother about his miraculous ... Read Transcript

I didn't see what he was yelling at.

I didn't see the ambulance coming.

But I remember him yelling.

That was the last thing I heard from him.

NARRATOR: On a Sunday morning, in 1997, Julie Kemp,

her husband Andy, and their eight-year-old son

Landon were driving home from church

when an ambulance returning to its station

broadsided their car in an intersection.

Andy died instantly.

Rescuers stabilized Julie but did not

realize there was a third passenger in the car.

They couldn't see his body because

of the damage that was done to the drivers side of the car.

And Landon was sitting behind his dad.

And when they saw Landon's shoe, it took a deeper search

for his body.

When they pulled Landon out, from the back of the car,

he was not breathing.

And they all started working on him

right away to bring him back.

NARRATOR: Landon was resuscitated

and life flighted to Carolina's Medical Center.

He died two more times that day.

And both times he was brought back to life.

Doctors didn't give Julie much hope for his survival.

They told me that if he lived, which did not look good,

but that if he lived, that he would be like an eight-year-old


That he would not know how to walk or talk or to eat.

I was so desperate that that was OK.

I would take that just to have him.

He was all that I had.

NARRATOR: At her husband's funeral,

Julie remembers feeling abandoned by God.

I was very disappointed, heartbroken.

And while I'm sitting at the funeral, I'm fussing at God.

I don't understand why this happened.

I don't understand why he didn't send angels to protect us.

But in the very next breath, I'm praying as hard to him

as I've ever prayed in my life for Landon to live.

NARRATOR: Landon had suffered massive head trauma

during the accident and remained in a coma.

He's hooked up to all kinds of machines to keep him alive.

And there are no signs.

There's nothing good or bad.

They see nothing happening.

I kept praying that he would open his eyes.

NARRATOR: After two weeks in a coma, Landon opened his eyes.

To everyone's amazement, he had no brain damage.

But in the midst of her joy, Julie

knew she had to tell Landon about his father.

He had scars on his face and his head was just full of hurt.

And I didn't want to hurt him anymore.

So I asked Landon, I said, Landon,

do you know where your dad is at?

And he told me, yes.

I know where he's at.

I saw him in heaven.

NARRATOR: Landon is now grown but still

clearly remembers his amazing experiences in heaven.

I remember being able to see my dad and his friend

Olan Palmer, who had passed away less than a month before he

did, also in a car accident.

And Olan's son, Neal Palmer, who had died on a four wheeler

years before.

Never one of us said a word to each other

but we were just all standing there.

He looked over to me says, oh mom, by the way,

I forgot to tell you I saw your other two kids.

And I just looked at him because I wasn't sure

what he was talking about.

But I had two miscarriages before Landon was born.

We had never shared that with Landon.

He did not now that we had lost two children before him.

I knew that they were my siblings even though no one had

ever told me about them.

Just being in heaven, I guess you know your own

or you know who everyone is.

NARRATOR: He says each time he died

he had a different experience in heaven.

During the third time, he says he met Jesus

and was given a mission.

It was almost as if like a preview of a movie

to where you only get to see certain bits

and pieces of things.

Jesus came to me and told me that I have to go back to Earth

and be a good Christian and tell others about him.

NARRATOR: Today, through GriefShare, Landon and Julie

use their story to help others who are struggling

with loss and in need of hope.

I didn't understand, in 1997, you know,

why God didn't send an angel.

But I know that there were angels there

and I know that we were protected.

And we are living out what his plan is for us.

Instead of staying mad at him, I was

able to use the story to help others not to give up

and to keep their faith on their grief journey.

I just want people to realize that Jesus is real.

There is a heaven.

There are angels.

And to follow his word in the Bible and life

does get better at the end.

NARRATOR: In her book, Faith Has its Reasons,

Julie says God has used their experience

to bring others closer to him and has

brought new blessings to them.

It is a huge blessing that I get

to watch my child tell others about Jesus.

He is always willing to let others

know that there is a heaven because he has been there.

I know I'm doing it for Jesus.

I know that he is real.

I know that angels are there.

I know that there's a heaven.

I'm not doing it for someone who I don't know

or I've never seen.

I've seen Jesus.

I know he's there.

He's asked me to do this and this is what I'm doing.


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