In the summer of 1997, Julie Kemp, her husband, Andy, and their 8-year-old son, Landon, were heading home from church one day when an ambulance returning back to its station crashed into their car at an intersection.
"I didn't see what he was yelling at. I didn't see the ambulance coming, but I remembered him yelling." Julie said about her husband. "That was the last thing I heard from him." Andy died instantly.
The paramedics were able to stabilize Julie, but they didn't realize that there was another passenger in the car. Landon was sitting behind the driver's seat which was where the collision occurred. The car was smashed and mangled.
"They couldn't see his body because of the damage that was done to the driver's side of the car and Landon was sitting behind his dad," Julie said. Thankfully, the paramedics found his shoe which prompted a more thorough search for his body. They were eventually able to retrieve Landon's body, but to his mother's horror, he was limp and not breathing.
Landon was resuscitated and life flighted to Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina, but his fight was far from over. He died two more times that day. The doctors told Julie that the likelihood of him surviving was extremely low. Even if he did, he would have had the mind of a baby in an 8-year-old body. He wouldn't have been be unable to walk, talk or eat due to the severe brain damage that occurred.
“I was so desperate that, that was okay. I would take that just to have him. He was all that I had,” said Julie.
At her husband's funeral, Julie felt so alone, broken, and abandoned by God.
“I was very disappointed. Heartbroken,” she said. “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.”
Landon had suffered massive head trauma and was hooked up to all kinds of machines, all while still in a coma. Julie says that there were no signs of anything; they saw nothing good and nothing bad. She just kept praying for her son to live.
Two weeks later, Landon woke up from the coma and opened his eyes. To the doctors' disbelief, Landon suffered no brain damage. It was a miracle!
Julie was overjoyed! But she knew she still had to tell Landon about the horrific news about his dad.
"He had scars on his face and his head was full of hurt and I didn't want to hurt him anymore," Julie said.
Julie asked Landon, "Do you know where your dad is at?"
Landon's reply shocked his mom! "Yes, I know where he's at. I saw him in Heaven."
When Landon died the third time, he came face-to-face with Jesus. “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,” he said.
Landon is now fully grown and in the interview below, Landon discloses more about what Heaven was like, who he met, and his conversation with Jesus.
“I know I’m doing it for Jesus. I know that he’s real,” said Landon. “I know that angels are there. I know that there’s a Heaven. I’m not doing it for someone I don’t know or that 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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