In March of 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were living a nightmare. Their then four-year-old son, Colton, had suffered a burst appendix and developed a life-threatening infection. Doctors told the Burpos that surgery was Coltonís only option.
Colton narrowly survived the surgery. His survival, while miraculous, was not as spectacular as the journey he took while doctors worked to save his life Ė while Coltonís body was in surgery, his consciousness ascended to Heaven.
Thatís right. Heaven.
Months after the surgery, when the family drove by the hospital in which he had stayed, Colton mentioned that angels had sung to him in Heaven. He described his experience in great detail. He had spoken to the archangels Gabriel and Michael. He had seen Godís throne.
At first, the Burpos were skeptical. But then, Colton started to describe things he shouldnít have known about.
Colton accurately described his parentsí actions while he was in surgery. He talked about meeting his grandfather, who had died 30 years earlier. He revealed that he had met a sister who had been miscarried Ė except his parents hadnít told Colton about the child they had lost prior to his birth.
Todd Burpo, who has written a book, ďHeaven is For Real: A Little Boyís Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,Ē about his sonís experience, was astounded when his sonís story matched up with scripture. For example, Colton mentioned several images that appear in the Book of Revelation.
Now 11, Colton is a happy and healthy sixth grader, who still regales his family with things he remembers from his otherworldly experience. His tale has only become richer and more detailed as he ages and learns how to better express what he has seen.