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Colton Burpo: Boy's story of him visiting Heaven and seeing Jesus is criticized

Colton Burpo had to undergo emergency surgery back in 2003 after a burst appendix nearly cost the 4-year-old his life. Fortunately for Colton and his parents, the surgery was successful and the little boy returned to his home after the complicated operation. Everything seemed normal until during a family trip when the boy's mother, Sonja Burpo, asked him did he remember being in the hospital. As reported by today, the boy shocked his parents after he described a very vivid trip to heaven, and spoke of matters about which he had no possible way of knowing.

Colton recalled sitting in Jesus’ lap and singing with the angels. But perhaps the most shocking piece of information he gave was when he talked about meeting his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great-grandfather, who died 30 years before he was born.

“What caught my attention was he could tell me where I was while he was in surgery,” Todd Burpo, the boy's father, told Matt Lauer of the Today Show. “The surgeon couldn't tell me that, the nurses couldn't, my wife couldn't tell me where I was praying. But he could tell me.”

Little Colton Burpo told his parents that everyone in heaven has wings and he described his great-grandfather as being “very big, huge wings, curly hair, a big smile, and he was very nice.” When speaking of his miscarried sister, the boy said....“Mommy, I have two sisters.” At first Sonja figured he was just speaking of his oldest sister, Cassie, and his cousin Traci. However, a chill went down her spine when she heard little Colton say... “No — I have two sisters. You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t you?”

During the interview Sonja explained to Lauer that the family had never said anything of the miscarriage to their son. What's even more surprising is the fact the couple never even learned the sex of their miscarried child. “It was a private hurt that we didn’t even share with our friends,” Sonja said.

The boy's incredible story was told in a book called "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back." The book has sold over 10 million copies and has recently returned to the bestseller list. The boy's tale has now been brought to the big screen in a movie titled "Heaven is for Real,"which follows other religious films from earlier this year and it hits theaters April 16th.

Many have doubted the boy's claims and some religious groups such as The Berean Call, a Christian ministry and newsletter, criticized the book as well as the lack of any medical evidence that the boy was clinically dead during the surgery.

Do you believe it's possible that Colton Burpo actually visited Heaven or could it be just a figment of the boy's imagination? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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