Colton Burpo: Boy Who Inspired 'Heaven Is For Real' Still Remembers

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:03 PM

By Angela Deines

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Colton Burpo, the boy who inspired the movie “Heaven Is For Real,” appeared on the "Today" show Tuesday and said he doesn’t have dreams about what happened to him more than 10 years ago but still remembers his “trip to heaven” vividly.

Burpo, 14, the son of a Nebraska minister, was 4 years old when he underwent an emergency appendectomy in the spring of 2003. After he emerged from the surgery, he slowly told his family, over time, that he met angels and other people in heaven.

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Those stories were retold by Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, in the book “Heaven is For Real,” published in 2010, a No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

A major motion picture by the same title stars Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, opens Wednesday in theatres across the U.S.

"With heaven, I still remember a lot of what I saw," Colton Burpo said on Tuesday’s "Today" show, although he said he doesn’t remember the events leading up to his surgery or his time in the hospital.

“The biggest thing for us was the integrity of the story and they’ve kept their word to do that,” Todd Burpo told "Today" about the movie. “When you see Greg Kinnear and especially this little boy, Connor, you’re going to see, I think, the best representation of what I saw 11 years ago.”

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