Do you believe in miracles? This story, of a little boy who was pronounced dead at the hospital following a car accident, might just give you a new outlook on the possibility of miracles. When Julie and Andy Kemp and their 8-year-old son Landon were involved in a car crash on their way home from church in 1997, Andy was killed instantly. Her son Landon also died.
The child was resuscitated by emergency responders at the scene, then flown to the hospital, but Landon died two more times that day. The doctors at the Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina were able to bring him back to life, but it was unlikely he would survive.
Julie shared the details in an interview with CBN.com, explaining that the doctors “told me that if he lived, which did not look good, but that if he lived, that he would be like an 8-year-old baby. That he would not know how to walk or talk or to eat because of all the brain damage.”
She added, “I was so desperate that that was okay. I would take that just to have him. He was all that I had.”
Julie was hopeful and leaned on her faith, but there was a hopelessness to it all, as she noted: “He’s hooked up to all kinds of machines to keep him alive. And there are no signs. There’s nothing good or bad. They see nothing happening. I kept praying that he would open his eyes.”
And he did open his eyes — after two weeks in a coma, he woke up, remarkably with no brain damage.
Julie was, of course, relieved, but it weighed heavy on her that she would need to tell Landon his dad had died in the accident. She explained: “He had scars on his face. And his head was just full of hurt. And I didn’t want to hurt him anymore. So I asked Landon, I said Landon, do you know where your dad is at? And he told me, ‘Yes, I know where he’s at. I saw him in heaven.’”
Landon not only knew of his father’s passing but also told Julie about two children he saw – children that Julie had miscarried in the years before Landon was born and never told the boy about.
Landon told her: “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 also shared others from their lives he saw as well, saying: “I remember being able to see my dad and his friend Olan Palmer who had passed away less than a month before he did, also in a car accident, and Olan’s son Neil Palmer who had died on a 4-wheeler years before. And it was funny because I remember us all like standing in a square. Never one of us said a word to each other, but we were just all standing there.”
Landon’s brush with death gave him a mission of continued faith, as he explained: “I know I’m doing it for Jesus. 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.”