One young boy spent two weeks in a coma after a car accident that tore his family apart. But when he woke up, he claimed to have visited heaven, and he told his mom things that just didn’t seem to make any sense. Now he’s on a mission to spread the word.
In 1997 Landon Kemp was only eight years old. Then one morning he was riding in a car with his parents, Julie and Andy, when they got into a road accident. On their way back from church, an ambulance smashed into the family car. Andy was killed instantly.
Julie was pulled from the wreckage alive, but emergency responders didn’t see Landon right away. A while later, they spotted him in the back of the car and started to pull him out, but it wasn’t looking good at all. He had stopped breathing.
He was quickly flown to hospital, where he stopped breathing a further two times. But thankfully, doctors were able to bring him back on both occasions. Landon had technically died on multiple occasions, and his prognosis wasn’t optimistic.
His mother was told that survival was unlikely, but if Landon were somehow able to pull through, he’d never be the same. Doctors told Julie that her son would be so brain damaged that he wouldn’t be able to carry out basic tasks, such as walking, talking and eating.
But all that Julie could focus on was making sure her son stayed alive. She told CBN, “I was so desperate that that was okay. I would take that just to have him. He was all that I had.” Landon was deep in a coma, hooked up to various machines, but two weeks later, something miraculous happened.
After his father’s funeral, Landon came around from the coma. He looked battered and bruised, with scars all over his face, but internally the damage was far less than everyone had expected. Julie’s son had managed to escape brain damage.
Julie was beyond relieved that Landon had survived, but she dreaded having to tell him that his father had passed away in the crash. However, it turned out that Landon already knew what had happened. But the question on everyone’s lips was, how?
When his mom asked if he knew where his dad was at, he responded with the most incredible sentence. The eight-year-old boy told his mom, “Yes, I know where he’s at. I saw him in Heaven.” Consequently, she was left completely stunned. But that wasn’t all.
Landon also explained how he had seen one of his friends, who had also recently passed away. Not only that, but he said that he came across the friend’s son as well – yet another car crash victim, during his fleeting stint in heaven.
Then, as if things couldn’t get even more incredible, Landon told his mom something that blew her mind. He said, “Oh mom, by the way, I forgot to tell you. I saw your other two kids.” Julie was totally amazed. She didn’t have any other children.
But Landon was referring to the children that his mom had lost in the past, through two miscarriages. The strangest part of it was that Julie had never talked to him about it. She told CBN, “We had never shared that with Landon. He did not know 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—you know your own or you know who everyone is,” Landon explained to CBS years after his heavenly experience.
Landon recalled having a few separate trips to heaven – a different one for each time he medically died. It was the third visit that sticks with him the most today. During this experience Landon says that he encountered Jesus and was told to do something for him.
He told CBN, “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.” And that’s exactly what Landon has been doing ever since. “I just want people to realize that Jesus is real, there is a heaven, there are angels,” he said.
When the accident first happened, Julie felt let down by God. She couldn’t understand why He hadn’t protected her family. But after hearing about her son’s otherworldly experience, she has got to a point where she can be at peace with what happened.
Julie said, “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.” And now she devotes her time to telling others about what happened to her son. She’s even written a book about the experience.
As for Landon, he continues to encourage other people to follow His word. He said, “I know that He’s real. I know that angels are there. I know that there’s a heaven. I’ve seen Jesus. I know He’s there. He’s asked me to do this and this is what I’m doing.”
And his mom couldn’t be prouder of the son that she almost lost in 1997. She told CBN, “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. ’Cause he’s been there.”
Landon’s otherworldly experience might seem unbelievable to some. But let’s hope that his encounter with Jesus continues to inspire Landon to live a good life, and bring hope to others who might need some encouragement that life goes on.