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Boy, 3, tells how he ‘saw
grandmother in Heaven’ before
being brought back from the
dead after falling into pond
By Allan Hall
Last updated at 2:02 PM on 19th April 2010
A boy of three claims he saw his great grandmother in heaven while he was clinically dead after falling into a pond.
Paul Eicke came back to life more than three hours after his heart stopped beating.
It is believed he was in the pond at his grandparents’ house for several minutes before his grandfather saw him and pulled him out.
His father gave him heart massage and mouth-to-mouth during the ten minutes it took a helicopter to arrive.
Paramedics then took over and Paul was taken the ten-minute journey to hospital. Doctors tried to resuscitate him for hours. They had just given up when, three hours and 18 minutes after he was brought in, Paul’s heart started beating independently.
Professor Lothar Schweigerer, director of the Helios Clinic where Paul was taken, said: ‘I have never experienced anything like it.
‘When children have been underwater for a few minutes they mostly don’t make it. This is a most extraordinary case.’
The boy said that while unconscious he saw his great grandmother Emmi, who had turned him back from a gate and urged him to go back to his parents.
Paul said: ‘There was a lot of light and I was floating. I came to a gate and I saw Grandma Emmi on the other side.
‘She said to me, “What are you doing here Paul? You must go back to mummy and daddy. I will wait for you here.”
‘I knew I was in heaven. But grandma said I had to come home. She said that I should go back very quickly.
‘Heaven looked nice. But I am glad I am back with mummy and daddy now.’
Paul is now back at home in Lychen, north of Berlin in Germany, and there appears to be no sign of brain damage.
Statistics from America show the majority of children who survive drownings – 92 per cent – are discovered within two minutes following submersion.
Nearly all who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation die or are left with severe brain injury.
But the water in the pond was very cold and the boy’s core temperature was just 28c, compared to the normal of 37c.
Cold temperatures slow the metabolism-which means the body can survive for longer without oxygen.
If the temperature had been higher, the team would have stopped trying to resuscitate after 40 minutes because the boy would definitely have been brain dead.
Instead, they carried on with the chest compressions to stimulate Paul’s organs, which had shut down after he breathed in the cold water.
Professor Schweigerer went on: ‘My doctors were close to saying “we can do no more” after two hours of thorax compression.
‘This was because the chances of survival had gone and the little lad must have been brain dead.
‘But then suddenly his heart started to beat again … it was a fantastic miracle.
‘I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and have never seen anything like this. It goes to show the human body is a very resilient organism and you should never give up.’
Celestial Sales for Boy’s Tale of Heaven
By JULIE BOSMAN
Published: March 11, 2011
Just two months shy of his fourth birthday, Colton Burpo, the son of an evangelical pastor in Imperial, Neb., was rushed into emergency surgery with a burst appendix.
He woke up with an astonishing story: He had died and gone to heaven, where he met his great-grandfather; the biblical figure Samson; John the Baptist; and Jesus, who had eyes that “were just sort of a sea-blue and they seemed to sparkle,” Colton, now 11 years old, recalled.
Colton’s father, Todd, has turned the boy’s experience into a 163-page book, “Heaven Is for Real,” which has become a sleeper paperback hit of the winter, dominating best-seller lists and selling hundreds of thousands of copies.
Thomas Nelson, the book’s publisher, said it had broken company sales records. The publisher, based in Nashville, began with an initial print run of 40,000 copies. Since the book came out in November, it has gone back to press 22 times, with more than 1.5 million copies in print. On the New York Times best-seller list for paperback nonfiction last Sunday, “Heaven Is for Real” was No. 1. The book remains in the top spot this coming Sunday.
Much of the book’s success has been fueled by word of mouth, since it did not begin with the usual best-seller channels: there has been no elaborate book tour, big-name publisher or brand-name author. But it has gained traction with a few well-placed appearances on the morning show “Fox & Friends,” “The 700 Club” and CNN.
The book has sold just as strongly in national chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble as it has in Christian specialty shops, said Matt Baugher, the vice president and publisher of Thomas Nelson. Mass merchants like Wal-Mart have pushed the book heavily in their stores, and large orders from churches and ministry groups are growing steadily.
“We all are perhaps desperate to know what is on the other side of the veil after we die,” Mr. Baugher said, adding that his initial skepticism about the Burpo family’s story was short-lived. “This was a very down-to-earth, conservative, quote-unquote normal Midwestern family. We became fully convinced that this story was valid. And also that it was a great story that would just take off.”
The book was an instant hit in Barnes & Noble outlets and was near the top of the best-seller list on its bn.com. The chain’s religion buyer was an early advocate for the book, ordering copies for every store, said Patricia Bostelman, the vice president for marketing at Barnes & Noble.
“When you buy the religion subject, you are presented with many stories about heaven, personal experiences about near-death and the afterlife,” Ms. Bostelman said, noting that several other books with “heaven” in the title have sold well recently. “But what was unusual about this book was that it was the story of a little boy. It deactivated some of the cynicism that can go along with adults capitalizing on their experiences.”
Todd Burpo wrote the book with Lynn Vincent, who collaborated with Sarah Palin on “Going Rogue.” Mr. Burpo, the pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, a farming community in southwest Nebraska, said in an interview that he had shouldered some criticism over it.
“People say we just did this to make money, and it’s not the truth,” Mr. Burpo said, referring to anonymous online comments about the book. “We were expecting nothing. We were just hoping the publisher would break even.” (He said he planned to give away much of the royalty income and spend some of it on home improvements.)
At first, he and his wife, Sonja, were not sure if they could believe their son’s story, which came out slowly, months and years after his sudden illness and operation in 2003. The details persuaded them, Mr. Burpo said. Colton told his parents that he had met his younger sister in heaven, describing her as a dark-haired girl who resembled his older sister, Cassie. When the Burpos questioned him, he asked his mother, “You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t you?” While his wife had suffered a miscarriage years before, Mr. Burpo said, they had not told Colton about it. “There’s just no way he could have known,” Mr. Burpo said.
And the Burpos said that Colton painstakingly described images that he said he saw in heaven — like the bloody wounds on Jesus’ palms — that he had not been shown before.
Eventually the Burpos decided to tell their story beyond their town. Mr. Burpo, in his Sunday sermons, had already introduced some anecdotes to his congregation. Through a pastor friend, they met Joel Kneedler, an agent with Alive Communications, a Christian literary agency in Colorado Springs. Mr. Kneedler sold the book to Thomas Nelson, a publisher known for Christian titles like “40 Days With Jesus” by Sarah Young. The advance was in the low five figures.
The book’s list price is $16.99, but that is discounted to $9.34 on amazon.com.
At the outlets of Barbara’s Bookstore, an independent chain mostly in the Chicago area, the book is No. 1 on the store’s nonfiction best-seller list. Interest in it began to perk up around mid-February, said Greg Sato, a store manager.
“Of the nonfiction books lately that seems to be the one that people are asking about the most,” Mr. Sato said. “I have pegged it in the same vein as ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ or ‘The Shack.’ Like an Oprah book, but a little more religious or spiritual.”
Colton, who appears as a blond, round-faced little boy on the cover of the book, now plays the piano and trumpet, is fascinated by Greek mythology, listens to Christian rock and loves Nebraska football.
Telling his story matter-of-factly, Colton said he was pleased that people were finding the story inspirational.
“People are getting blessed, and they’re going to have healing from their hurts,” he said. “I’m happy for that.”
Little Kid Says He Went to Heaven, Adult News Professional Totally Believes Him
Richard Lawson — Oh Fox & Friends, you never fail us. Recently, lemon-scented floor mop Gretchen Carlson invited a little boy and his father on to discuss the child’s near-death experience and how, the kid claims, he went to heaven and saw God.R
So this is on a news program! Well, OK, it’s on a news channel. Really, Fox & Friends is more like a talent show down at the halfway home, but it is on a channel devoted to news. Heaven! And God being a “very, very big person.” That’s what little Colton Burpo (yuppp) claims anyway. He also says that Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, is up there rockin’ “sea-blue eyes.” (And “a smile that lights up the heavens.” This kid doesn’t sound coached at all!) Gretchen nods and smiles and somewhere, spontaneously, a Stanford degree bursts into flames.
18 Nov 2010 4:54 PM
I actually have done a fair amount of research that involved biblical interpretation and christian theology, though entrance into heaven is not one of them specifically. However, from what I do know on this topic, I cannot believe that religious people would not find this to be, I don’t know, heresy? Getting into heaven involves being judged based on your actions on earth after your earthly death before you “get into” heaven. It is not an automatic even when you die. You must still be judged. There is absolutely no belief that I am familiar with that would suggest that you can skip that step or, more importantly, actually DYING. The bible is quite clear that people’s souls leave their bodies when they die and only then can they in this new form be in God’s presence. I think these folks need to check their Bible. (Edit comment)
Ohio Boy Says He Came Back From Heaven
Thursday, January 13, 2011 9:04 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin and his son Alex Malarkey were on their way home from church when one wrong turn changed their life forever.
“I flew about 50 feet, and the car spun and ended up next to me on the side of the road next to the ditch,” said Kevin Malarkey.
Kevin Malarkey was ok, but Alex was not, ONN’s Stephanie Mennecke reported.
“They showed us an x-ray, and it was pretty apparent we had a big problem cause all his vertebrae were separated,” Kevin Malarkey said.
Alex was paralyzed from the neck down, but his spirits remained high.
“Alex looked beautiful lying in bed,” said his mother Beth Malarkey. “He looked uninjured, and it made no sense. He just looked like he was sleeping.”
When Alex woke up and was finally able to talk, he had a story to tell.
“The first thing I saw was the angels catch daddy,” said Alex Malarkey. “The car hit us. I slammed into my seat belt. Daddy flew out of the car and the angels caught him.”
“My first reaction was I thought that he had brain damage,” Kevin Malarkey said. “I really did, because I thought he was imagining things.”
But family members and those at the scene of the accident said that Alex knew things he couldn’t have known.
“He told me that he saw me go away in the ambulance, but I never told him I went away in an ambulance,” Kevin Malarkey said. “Why would he think I was in an ambulance? Cause I didn’t have any injuries.”
“I was in heaven then,” Alex Malarkey said.
This is just one of many stories that several people doubt to this day, Mennecke reported.
Since the accident, Alex and his father have decided to share their story with the world. Their book is called, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” and it’s a New York times bestseller.
Kevin Malarkey said sharing their story with the world has had its ups and downs. Many people do not believing a word, while others say it’s a lifesaver.
Through it all Alex remains unbelievably strong.
“I asked him one time do you ever get sad? His response was ‘what do you mean?’ I said, I don’t know, do you ever get sad? He said ‘why would I be sad?” Kevin Malarkey said.
It’s that type of strength that has made Alex a medical pioneer. Alex was the first child to ever undergo a complex surgery in which doctors replaced his ventilator with a breathing apparatus called a pacer. It was done in Ohio at University Hospitals.
“He was the first child that we ever implanted with a ventilator,” said Dr. Ray Onders. “Alex’s injury is really like a decapitation. When I looked at his x-rays it almost looked like his entire head was removed from his spinal cord.”
His injury was similar to that of Christopher Reeve.
Dr. Onders performed the surgery on Reeve to get him off a ventilator, and did the same successful surgery on Alex.
“He’s about as happy a person I know,” Kevin Malarkey said.
Alex continues to live in his Ohio home amongst loved ones. He enjoys every second, but he still speaks fondly of the brief time when he claims he visited heaven.
“The whole time I was there, I was basically in gods palace,” Alex Malarkey said.
Kevin and Beth Malarkey have three other children. Aaron age 10, Grace 8, and Ryan 6. The entire family is doing great.
Stories about the After life Service is the currency of Salvation